Top Ten Tuesday | Longest Books I’ve Ever Read

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! Oh my gosh, I love this week’s topic so much! I’ve read a lot of SFF in my day, which means I’ve inadvertently read some big tomes along the way! And this was so much fun to sort on my Goodreads read shelf, and see what books were the biggest ones I’ve read! And I’ll be honest, I feel like I deserve a gold star at the very least! 📚🍂


➽ Oathbringer (The Stormlight Archive #3) by Brandon Sanderson
1243 pages


➽ Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive #2) by Brandon Sanderson
1087 pages


➽ Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
1037 pages


➽ A Dance with Dragons (A Song of Ice and Fire #5) by George R.R. Martin
1016 pages


➽ The Way of Kings (The Stormlight Archive #1) by Brandon Sanderson
1007 pages


➽ Cocktales Anthology edited by Penny Reid
998 pages


➽ The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle #2) by Patrick Rothfuss
994 pages


➽ A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire #3) by George R.R. Martin
975 pages


➽ Outlander (Outlander #1) by Diana Gabaldon
896 pages


➽ Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter #5) by J.K. Rowling
870 pages


Okay, friends! There you have it! What is the biggest book that you’ve read? Have you read any of the ten that I have? I’d like to take a moment and thank Brandon Sanderson and GRRM! Haha! I hope you’re all having a wonderful week, and I’m wishing you happy reading always! 🍁📖

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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favorite Thriller and Horror Books

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!

Happy October, my loves! Okay, so this week’s real top was “Authors I’d Love to Meet” but I thought it was kind of a weird topic, just because I get so emotional when I meet people I look up to, and I truly don’t believe I would have been able to come up with ten people anyways, so I just decided to really embrace the Halloween spirit! And what better way than to talk about my favorite scary books? 🎃🍂👻

➽ The Lucky Ones by Tiffany Reisz
This is a dark, mystery, thriller that stars a girl trying to discover what truly happened to her thirteen-years-ago. Allison’s mother died when she was very young, so she was put in foster care where she did not have the easiest of times. But one day, a man comes and takes her away and she joins his family. His family consists of a few other fosters kids, three of which he has officially adopted; Roland, Deacon and Thora. And they live in this beautiful home that they call “The Dragon” that is right on the Oregon coast.

➽ Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted by Demons Arc, Vol. 1 by Ryukishi07
Scariest. Manga. Ever. Seriously. This story is set in the summer of 1983, and stars Keiichi, who has just moved to a small, isolated village named Hinamizawa. There is only one school for all of the children living in this village, and Keiichi soon befriends two girls and the rest of their gaming club! The club starts out lighthearted and fun, with the kids pulling innocent pranks on each other, but when Keiichi discovers that the village might be cursed, the book becomes much darker.

➽ Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado
This is an anthology (one of my favorites of all-time) but some of the stories in here are so very scary. This collection of short stories heavily emphasizes the violence that we put on women’s bodies. Whether it be sexual violence, physical violence, violence put on us by society, or violence we put on ourselves. This entire collection is absolutely haunting in the best way possible.

➽ Into the Drowning Deep by Mira Grant
This is technically about killer mermaids, but it’s so much more than that. It’s about society and how we don’t take care of the habitats we are inhabiting, let alone the ones we aren’t. It’s about how we view animals as lesser, and we are supposed to use them as a means to further education and technology without ever getting emotionally involved. It’s about how humans do horrible things to our planet that is 71% covered in water, and one day it might be time for someone else, besides humans, to say enough is enough. But this book was so spooky that I couldn’t read it at night with the lights off.

➽ Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
In true Tarryn fashion, this story surrounds two girls and one guy protagonist. One is a psychopath, one is a sociopath, and one is Tarryn a writer. The book is broken down in those three parts, yet the twists and turns are, as always, a roller coaster ride. Like, reading Darius’ chapters felt like I was being punched in the gut over and over. I felt so much surprise, heartbreak, and betrayal.

➽ The Girl in 6E (Deanna Madden #1) by A.R. Torre
The protagonist in this story had a very traumatic event happen to her when she was younger. The event has caused her to 1) be obsessed with murder and 2) scared to leave her home, in fear of endangering innocent people. She actually hires her neighbors to lock her IN her apartment, from the outside, every night.

➽ The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain #1) by Margaret Killjoy
Danielle comes to town, a man dies, pretty brutally, from a monster deer demon, named Uliksi, that was summoned to kill anyone in the town that tries to gain power over anyone. Yeah, you read that sentence right. And this tale quickly turns into a mystery of if Uliksi has turned against the town, or if this mystical deer is still only after those who have committed evil acts.

➽ Slasher Girls & Monster Boys edited by April Genevieve Tucholke
You know, this is a pretty good anthology in general, but a few of these were so damn creepy that I still think about them today, and I read this back in 2016. Sleepless by Jay Kristoff end up being my favorite story. It was so beautiful, so thrilling, and had such amazing twists throughout. I loved it, and it has completely motivated me to read his other work.

➽ Monstress, Vol. 1: Awakening (Monstress #1) by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda
My favorite graphic-novel of all time, and also spooky as heck! This story follows a seventeen year old girl named Maika, whose story starts out where she is being sold as a slave. The reader will immediately notice that Maika has a very strange tattoo of an eye on her chest, and she is missing an arm. Yet, it becomes very clear very early that Maika is much stronger than what she seems.

➽ Kiss the Girls (Alex Cross #2) by James Patterson
All those 25+ James Patterson books are paying off, a little. No, for real, Kiss the Girls was always my favorite Alex Cross novel, and I still think it’s one of the scariest books that I’ve ever read. Plus, it just holds a really special place in my heart.

Okay, friends! Those are my ten favorite thriller and mystery books that I believe with my whole heart are perfect reads for this time of year! But please, give me any and all recommendations of your favorites! I am starting The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter in a couple of days! Hopefully it will be so amazing that it will make my scary recommendations for next year! Happy reading, friends! Stay spooky! 🍂🎃👻

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Top Ten Tuesday | Fall 2018 Book Recommendations

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! Last Tuesday, I told you all the Autumn 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 Autumn reads that I’ve already read, loved, reviewed, and completely recommend that you all pick up this Fall season! (Click on each individual review for in-depth thoughts and trigger warnings!) 🌻🍂🍄


➽ The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner
September 25th 2018 by Redhook
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“We can’t fight our natures, even though we try. A bear will aways be a bear, and a swan a swan. Everyone fights, malyshka; everyone questions their choices. Even people who love each other.”


➽ Small Spaces by Katherine Arden
September 25th, 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“As night begins to fall, they head out into the woods, bracketed by fearsome scarecrows. The bus driver gives them a word of advice. In order to survive whatever is coming, they’ll need to keep to small spaces.”


➽ Phoenix Unbound (Fallen Empire #1) by Grace Draven
September 25th, 2018 by Ace Books
⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire’s capital–her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village’s tithe has been the same woman. Gilene’s sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses. But this year is different. ”


➽ Muse of Nightmares (Strange the Dreamer #2) by Laini Taylor
October 2nd, 2018 by Little, Brown
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Sarai had lived and breathed nightmares since she was six years old. For four thousand nights she had explored the dreamscapes of Weep, witnessing horrors and creating them. She was the Muse of Nightmares.”


➽ Shadow of The Fox (Shadow of the Fox #1) by Julie Kagawa
October 2nd, 2018 by Harlequin Teen
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Now, every thousand years—one year for each prayer the lord uttered—the Dragon will rise again to the mortal who summons him. If the mortal’s soul is pure, if his intentions are just and his heart is honorable, the Dragon will grant him his heart’s desire. However, if the soul is found wanting, the Dragon rips it from the body and takes it as forfeit for the arrogance of the mortal who sought to become a god, so long ago.”


➽ Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand
October 2nd, 2018 by Katherine Tegen Books
⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Decades of dead girls. Poor girls and rich girls. Black and brown and white girls. All of them Sawkill girls.”


➽ What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera
October 9th 2018 by HarperTeen
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I believe in love at first sight. Fate, the universe, all of it. But not how you’re thinking. I don’t mean it in the our souls were split and you’re my other half forever and ever sort of way. I just think you’re meant to meet some people. I think the universe nudges them into your path.”


➽ Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
October 9th, 2018 by Amulet
⭐⭐⭐⭐

“Deep beneath the citadel, the executioner was waiting.”


➽ Blanca & Roja by Anna-Marie McLemore
October 9th, 2018 by Feiwel & Friends
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“There will always be two daughters. But we will always take one back. The swans would take not just one of the woman’s daughters, but one of her daughter’s daughters, and one of her daughters, and one of hers. There would always be one daughter taken, and one left watching the sky in winter, wondering if a far-off flick of white was a coming snow or her lost sister.”


Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan
November 6th, 2018 by Jimmy Patterson Books
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“We might be Paper Girls, easily torn and written upon. The very title we’re given suggests that we are blank, waiting to be filled. But what the Demon King and his court do not understand is that paper is flammable. And there is a fire catching among us.”


Okay, loves! Those are ten books that I read and really loved already this year, that all release this Autumn season! I also read Fight or Flight and The Proposal last week, but things have just been a little chaotic because of #contemporaryathon! But maybe sure you check out the three releases today! And I hope you all have the most wonderful autumnal season! Happy reading! ☕🍁🎃

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Top Ten Tuesday | Fall 2018 Releases That I Want to Read

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 releases that I’m excited for and that I haven’t read yet! Next week, I’m going to talk about all the fall releases that I’ve already read, loved, and reviewed! And, like, half that list is made up of October 2nd releases, I swear! But here are the ten books that I’m hoping to get to this autumn season! 🍂🍁🎃

 

➽ Vengeful (The Villains #2) by V.E. Schwab
September 25th, 2018 by Tor
Okay, but why haven’t I read Vicious yet? Seriously, someone make me before this drops.

➽ The Lost Sisters (The Folk of the Air #1.5) by Holly Black
October 2nd, 2018 by NOVL
Wild horses couldn’t keep me away from this one, friends. I will be reading this at midnight and I’m probably going to post my review on the 3rd! So be on the lookout! Also, I predict this is completely going to change the series and make me feel every single emotion under the sun.

➽ Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass #7) by Sarah J. Maas
October 23rd, 2018 by Bloomsbury 
I mean, this is going to be on almost everyone’s lists. I won’t lie, I’m not the biggest fan of this series, even though I really did enjoy Tower of Dawn, but I can’t resist finding out how it all ends.

➽ The Brilliant Death by Amy Rose Capetta
October 30th, 2018 by Viking
Amy Rose Capetta wrote one of my favorite reads of 2017, Echo After Echo, and this is an Italian inspired fantasy, starring gender queer characters, and one has the ability to turn people into music boxes? Like, take all my money, please. Also, I was able to trade for an ARC of this, so expect a full on gush review soon, I’m guessing!

➽ Salt by Hannah Moskowitz
October 30th, 2018 by Chronicle Books
This will be my first book by this author, but I love her Twitter presence so much that I couldn’t resist requesting an ARC of this one! And I can’t wait to read it! Oh, and I believe this has sea monsters! Hype!

➽ Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean
November 6th, 2018 by HMH Books
All I want in my life is ownvoices Asian inspired fantasy, so here we are! And one of my very best friends told me that this reads and feels like you’re stepping into a Japanese fairy tale, and I’m so ready for it! And I actually have an ARC of this one, too!

➽ Skyward by Brandon Sanderson
November 6th, 2018 by Delacorte Press
I was lucky enough to be able to read the sampler for this, and I am so damn excited for the full-length story this fall! You all can also read an excerpt HERE! But I am so ready to to watch Spensa follow her heart and fulfill her dreams of becoming an out of this world pilot!

➽ Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #2) by Jessica Townsend
November 13th, 2018 by Little, Brown
(But I do believe this comes out earlier for the UK!) I completely fell in love with Nevermoor earlier this year! It was easily one of the best middle grades I’ve ever read, and I cannot wait to see what comes next! I’m counting down the days!

➽ Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri
November 13th, 2018 by Orbit
This is an ownvoice Mughal-Indian inspired fantasy debut! And all of my friends that have already read this, tell me that I’m going to completely adore the main character of this one! I think this is going to be a really unique story that is really rich with history and folklore and I’m so ready for it!

➽ Fire & Blood (A Song of Ice and Fire) by George R.R. Martin
November 20th, 2018 by Bantam
You all know I’m trash for this world. Don’t pretend to be surprised by this pick. I’m weak, okay? But I’m also really excited for anything that is more House Targaryen!

Okay, loves! That’s the ten! Let me know what book you’re most looking forward to release this Autumn! And be on the lookout for the ten releases I’ve already read, loved, and reviewed next week! Happy reading! 🎃🍂🍁

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Top Ten Tuesday | Hidden Gems

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!

So, this week’s topic is all about the hidden book gems that we feel deserve so much more love and recognition… and reviews! A few of the ten that I picked are just books that I feel like I don’t hear enough about, and I think they are perfection! But most of these are books that I went on my read shelf on Goodreads and found by sorting from least number of reviews! And, friends, some of these deserve so much more love! 💖

Senlin Ascends (The Books of Babel #1) by Josiah Bancroft
5,309 Ratings & 981 Reviews
Okay, if I could only recommend one book on this list, I would pick this one. I know that is has gotten a lot more hype and recognition since Orbit picked it up, but it’s honestly the most unique book I’ve ever read in my entire life. I read this when it was still self-published, and I still think about it to this day. This is smart, and lyrical, and oh so perfect. Seriously, friends, pick this up!

The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
33,444 Ratings & 5,440 Reviews
Okay, this is going to be the “biggest” book on this list, but the reason I really wanted to include it was because I feel like this is Holly Black’s hidden gem! Honestly? This is my favorite published Holly Black work and I wish more people would fall in love with it, too!

Art of War: Anthology for Charity by Petros Triantafyllou
146 Ratings & 66 Reviews
This amazing, forty story anthology only has 66 reviews on Goodreads? Lord, help me! Not only do the proceeds for this go to an amazing cause, there are some of the best names in SFF contributing to this!

Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher
18,595 Ratings & 3,675 Reviews
Whenever people ask me to recommend them a hidden gem, I always pick this book. This is one of the most impactful books I’ve ever read in my entire life, and I wish so very much that it would be more read and loved. I think this is a really polarizing book, though, and it was so very many triggers so please use caution for rape and captivity. But if you are in the right mindset, please give this beautiful book a try.

The Lamb Will Slaughter the Lion (Danielle Cain #1) by Margaret Killjoy
884 Ratings & 207 Reviews
Friends, this horror novella is everything. The atmosphere is spooky and perfect, the writing is whimsical and addicting, and the cast is diverse and wonderful. This is the perfect fall read, too, so you all should really consider picking this up!

Echo After Echo by Amy Rose Capetta
394 Ratings & 127 Reviews
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw the number of reviews and ratings this had! This was one of my all-time favorite books of 2018! It has an amazing f/f romance, set among the backdrop of a theater production and a murder mystery! Honestly? This is another perfect fall read!

The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle
346 Ratings & 133 Reviews
This is the book that actually throws me for a bit of a loop, because I feel like so many more people have read this! Like, this is hella beloved in the romance community, but the Goodreads numbers don’t lie. I read this is year and fell so in love with the New Orleans setting and our plus sized main character. But be warned, this is a very steamy ready, but if that’s what you’re in the mood for? This will be perfect for you!

The Melody of You and Me (Lillac Town #1) by M. Hollis
420 Ratings & 189 Reviews
Okay, I feel a little bad about putting this one on the list, just because it is kind of hard to find on the internet lately. But I couldn’t put down this novella that stars a pansexual girl! Seriously, I read this for Pride this June and it meant more to me than I have words for. I just wish it was more easily accessible for people to buy and read!

Inkmistress (Of Fire and Stars 0.5) by Audrey Coulthurst
501 Ratings & 144 Reviews
I can’t believe this early 2018 release hasn’t received more love. Friends, I loved this. This is a YA fantasy that stars a bisexual main character who has relationships with a boy and a girl on page. This is still one of my favorite reads of the year, and it truly deserves so much more love.

The Seven Princes of the Thousand Year Labyrinth, Vol. 1 by Aikawa Yu
207 Ratings & 31 Reviews
Like I could make a list and not include a manga recommend. Especially one of my all-time favorites that deserves all the love in the entire world! The basic premise of this is that the Emperor of the seven lands has passed away, and the seven Lords of those seven lands find themselves trapped in a medieval castle. Inside the castle that was thought just a fantasy, the Lords are met with constant rising water, traps, puzzles, and riddles, that they must figure out or they will lose their lives. Together they must decide who will be the new Emperor. It’s perfection!

Okay, my loves! That’s all ten! I honestly feel like I could easily add ten more to this list! But hopefully you’ll find a new book or two! Let me know what your personal favorite hidden gem is! And I hope you’re all having the happiest of reading! 💖

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Top Ten Tuesday | My Favorite Books with Schools Settings

 

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! This week’s prompt is a back to school freebie, which ended up being perfect, because one of my favorite things are books that have a school setting as their main backdrop. Also, I’m sorry, but I’m going to be a little vague with some of these, but I do have reviews for all of these, just click the titles! My birthday was yesterday, and I am currently out of town, hopefully relaxing by a pool a reading a good book! But I still hope you enjoy these ten reads that all are set in very different kinds of school! 📚✏️📖


➽ The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


➽ Nevernight by Jay Kristoff


➽ Every Heart a Doorway by Seanan McGuire


➽ The Deal by Elle Kennedy


➽ Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead


➽ Red Sister by Mark Lawrence


➽ Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


➽ Binti by Nnedi Okorafor


➽ The Secret History by Donna Tartt


➽ Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling


Oh, and I absolutely love and adore each of these books! So, I recommend them all with my whole heart and soul, whether you are going back to school, or your children, or if you’re just like me and still paying off that student loan debt. Happy reading, friends! 💖

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Top Ten Tuesday | Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump

 

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, my loves! So, this week’s prompt is “Books to Pull You Out of a Reading Slump” which also means “Melanie tells you her favorite romances” because absolutely nothing pulls me out of a reading slump the way that a good, sexy, romance will. And here are ten romances that I loved so very much, all of which I’ve read in 2018! 💕


The Chase (Briar U #1) by Elle Kennedy

Elle Kennedy and her steamy hockey romances are back. And, like, what a damn blessing. This is the happiest I’ve been reading a book all damn year. These new characters completely won me over. All the cameos from the people we already love were perfection. The banter and jokes literally had my sides hurting from giggling. And, this book actually had some really important topics like ADHD and how learning disabilities can impact you in college, how growing up in the middle of abusive parents can have detrimental effects, how judging people based off their looks is really gross, and how you should always go with your gut feeling, especially when it comes to creepy men in a position of power. You all, I loved this.


The King of Bourbon Street (NOLA Nights #1) by Thea de Salle

This was nothing short of a treat to read. It had me smiling, it had me laughing, and it had me happy from first to last page. Plus, this book was so damn sexy! And it had so much good body, sexual, and race representation! But if you’re looking for a steamy romance read, that’s different than so much out there, I completely recommend picking this one up! Also, this one is easily the most steamy on the list!!


A Duke by Default (Reluctant Royals #2) by Alyssa Cole

Friends, this was nothing short of pure joy to read. Please, if you’re looking for a heartwarming, funny, and expertly crafted romance, please look no further. This book also has a main character that is discovering her ADHD. And this is an ownvoices romance about a black woman, falling in love with a biracial (Chilean and Scottish) swordsmith in Scotland. Do I really need to say anything else?


Filthy Gods (American Gods 0.5) by R. Scarlett

Filthy Gods has the atmosphere and feeling of The Secret History, but the romance and the sexiness of nothing else I’ve read before. Best new adult romance I’ve read all year. And my heart breaks that it’s only a novella, because I need so much more. This was sexy, and romantic. This was so beautifully written and expertly crafted. This was nothing short of a treat to read. I cannot wait to see what R. Scarlett does next with this world. But if you guys are looking for the perfect little romance story, I can’t recommend this enough!


Kissing Tolstoy (Dear Professor #1) by Penny Reid

Holy adorable, this was the cutest. This is a fluffy, but sexy, short, little romance, that centers around two people and their love for Russian literature! Plus, there is some good rep in this short little story, too. Our main character is biracial (Nigerian) and has pretty severe anxiety that is shown throughout this book. And beyond anything else I could say that would maybe entice you to pick this book up; this book is about a girl who loves books, and reading, and stories. Books are a constant theme of this novella, and this truly reads like a love letter to literature


The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

While Drew and Alexa are stranded, and bonding over crackers and expensive cheese that Alexa had in her purse because she’s my damn idol, Drew realizes that Alexa might just make the perfect wedding date to the wedding he is dreading. This is also an ownvoices novel with a black female protagonist, who is starting a relationship with a white male that doesn’t quite understand his privilege. But Alexa is my queen and checks him and it throughout this amazing romance book.


LONG SHOT (A HOOPS Novel) by Kennedy Ryan

Long Shot is a basketball, sort of second chance romance that starts with one night at a bar that changes two people’s lives forever. And I love this book so damn much. But I really want to emphasize that this is a book about abuse and what it is like to be in a very dangerous and abusive relationship. MAJOR trigger and content warnings for a lot of graphic rape, stalking, being trapped, and a lot of very graphic physical, emotional, and mental abuse. This read is not easy or light, but it very importantly talks about taking back your own body after someone has been forcefully taking it for so long. This is also an ownvoices for the two black main characters that the points of view shift between.


Hate to Want You (Forbidden Hearts #1) by Alisha Rai

This was a damn treat to read. One of my favorite second chance romances of all time. Never have I ever read such a sexy book, that constantly emphasizes the importance (and sexiness) of consent! On top of the fact that this book has some amazing diversity from most of the cast of characters, but it also showcases an Asian main character who is living with her depression and who loves her soft body completely and unapologetically. I loved this. Absolutely loved this. And I completely recommend this to every romance reader.


The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

This is an ownvoices novel about a high-functioning autistic woman who has succeeded in every aspect of her life, except for love. Her mother is putting pressure on her to find someone and start thinking about family, now that she turned thirty. Plus, Stella is kind of lonely anyway, and as much as she loves throwing herself into her work, she wants to spend her life with someone who she can completely be herself with. The problem is, Stella thinks her autism makes her unable to successfully date, and maybe even unable to be good at/enjoy sex. So, she hires the dreamiest escort to help her! And I just loved Stella Lane as a character. She is actually probably my favorite heroine of 2018. Not only does she know who she is, she refuses to change for anyone, even the guy she has fallen in love with. I had happy tears in my eyes so much while reading this, and it was mostly just because I was so proud of her. Michael might be most people’s wet dream, but Stella felt like the character I’ve been searching literature for forever.


The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

I feel like this book was very catered to my personal tastes, and I’ll go into that more in the review, but The Simple Wild is currently my favorite romance of 2018. The writing, the setting, the messages, the romance? It was all perfect in my eyes. The setting was absolutely perfect and so very atmospheric. I loved the romance more than any word combination I could come up with. I loved the message of living your life to the fullest, and the theme of found families always being better than family of origin. Also, I’m just saying that I’ve read 120 books this year, and Jonah is the only fictional dude character that I would personally let get it. Goodbye.


Okay, friends! I hope you enjoyed these romance recommendations from 2018! I swear, nothing ever gets me out of slumps except for romance. It also doesn’t hurt that I’ve been reading a ton of it this summer. ALSO – TODAY IS THE START OF MY BIRTHDAY BUDDY READ! So, extra happy reading if you’re able to buddy read with me today! Muahaha! I love you all! 💕

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