Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is animals from books. I did a freebie post last year featuring book covers with my favorite animal–the wolf–and have been wanting to do another wolf post but with book titles instead and this week is the perfect opportunity for that! There are a few upcoming releases with the word wolf/wolves that I cannot wait to get my hands on!
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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books of 2020
Happy Holidays! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s theme is to recollect our favorite reads of the year. I noticed I definitely didn’t have as many five-star reads this year as I have in the past.
1. THE BEST LAID PLANS
When I read this at the very beginning of the year, I accurately predicted that it would be one of my favorite reads this year. This book was everything I had hoped it would be and so much more. Basically, all you need to know is that it contains best friends-to-lovers, unrequited pining, delicious drama and lots of angst!
2. CHAIN OF GOLD
While I’ve always greatly enjoyed The Shadowhunters Chronicles, I’ve never found myself rating any five stars or falling head over heals with the book. That all changed with his book right here. Cassandra Clare has crafted the perfect recipe: the nostalgia of the Shadowhunter world, the return of favorite characters from past books, historical romance elements such as ballroom dancing and the marriage of convenience trope.
3. DON’T CALL THE WOLF
I was enchanted from the first chapter and very easily fell in love with this story and the characters. The prose was absolutely beautiful and fit perfectly for a fairytale retelling. From stunning descriptions to the dark, atmospheric vibes her writing portrays, it’s easy to become lost in this magical story.
4. YOU DESERVE EACH OTHER
This is a story about second-chance romance and features my newest favorite trope: lovers-to-enemies-to-lovers. My absolute favorite thing about the book was the gradual change between Naomi and Nicholas as they slowly become friends again and reconnect on a deeper, more emotional level. Sarah Hogle blew me away with this story and had me swooning over their rekindled love.
5. BEACH READ
From the first chapter I was absolutely captivated by the story. The way Emily Henry writes January’s character it’s impossible not to empathize with her and feel her pain and confusion. At first, this appears to be a cute, heartwarming summer rom-com, but it also has moments of darkness and emotional pain that pulls the reader even harder into the story. I loved Gus and January; they were relatable, complicated, and realistically written. I could not get enough of their amusing interactions and growing attraction.
6. DANCE OF THIEVES
I put off reading this because of it’s size and I was unsure how I felt about reading a companion series of sorts. Not only was I completely blown away by this book, but I ended up loving it even more than The Remnant Chronicles. The book was fast-paced, full of action, and I completely adored the characters, Kazi and Jase. I flew through the chapters and loved every minute I spent immersed in the world.
7. THE FAITHLESS HAWK
How rare is it for the second book in a duology to be even better than the already amazing first? The Merciful Crow was one of my favorite books last year and I’m so glad this surpassed all of my high expectations. I was kept on the edge of my seat the entire time and I loved the angst that was introduced! Such a fantastic conclusion to an awesome duology!
There is just something about Adrienne Young’s writing that makes me fly through the pages. This book was non-stop action and fun from the very beginning. Seafaring adventures are some of my favorite stories so I feel like I can be more particular about them, but this ticked all the right boxes. From the strong heroine, Fable, to our amazing cast of side characters aboard the Marigold, this was a fantastic read.
9. THE BURNING GOD
This book still has me speechless. It’s been four months and I still can’t bring myself to sit down and write a full formed review with all my thoughts. The stakes were raised even higher and wow did R.F. Kuang deliver. There was nonstop action and so many nail-biting moments. The characters. The angst.
The deaths. Such a perfect conclusion to a brilliant series.
10. IN A HOLIDAZE
I haven’t been this in love with a Christina Lauren book in a long time. This is the perfect holiday romance story and had everything I could have wanted and more: family, Christmas magic, romance, angst, childhood friends-to-lovers, mistletoe kisses. This book gave me all the warm and fuzzy feelings! The romance was so sweet and adorable and I couldn’t get enough of the cozy, snowy setting.
I hope you all had a wonderful reading year! What were your favorite reads? Did we have any in common? Let me know!
Top Ten Tuesday: Covers Featuring Skulls
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Last year I dedicated the Halloween freebie to covers featuring snakes, so this year I decided to go with another element common to the spirit of Halloween: skulls! 💀 Skulls always look so cool on book covers and I had a blast finding my favorite ones!
Top Ten Tuesday: Books With Colors in the Title
Hello everyone! Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. The theme for this week is colors in book titles, and honestly, I was surprised by how little books I’ve read with colors! I found for the most part a lot of metals (which technically double as colors) such as gold, brass, and silver. But as for actual colors of the rainbow: not so many!
What books have you read with colors in the title? Have your read any of these? Let me know in the comments!
Top Ten Tuesday: Authors Whose Books I’ve Read the Most
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Today the theme is which authors we’ve read the most books by. I debated how I wanted to do this post. If an author has a lot of series, then obviously the number of books I’ve read by them is higher. So I had to decide between counting each and every book, or counting each series as “one” book.
1. JENNIFER L. ARMENTROUT
I knew before even creating this list that she would probably be at the top. I’ve been reading JLA books for a very long time, and I am thoroughly entertained with each one. I don’t think I’ve ever been disappointed by any of her books. One of the things I love about her is her versatility! She writes in so many different genres and excels in each!
Favorite Book: Tempting the Best Man & Lux Series
2. CASSANDRA CLARE
Every time Cassandra Clare announces a new series in The Shadowhunters chronicles, I swear I’ve grown out of them, but then I read the synopsis and I’m immediately pulled back in. Let’s be honest, I’ll be reading each series in this world until she stops writing them.
Favorite Book: Chain of Gold
3. TESSA DARE
This is my go-to author for historical romance books. I’ve read every single book written by her with the exception of The Wanton Dairymaid trilogy. Her books are always so witty and steamy and I love reading them! I think her books are some of the only that I have actually laughed out loud while reading.
Favorite Book: Do You Want to Start a Scandal?
4. LISA KLEYPAS
I should have figured before I started this list that half the authors would be my go-to historical romance writers. Lisa Kleypas is another author whose books I’ve read a lot of simply because they’re so entertaining and there are so many to choose from!
Favorite Book: It Happened One Autumn
5. JULIA QUINN
Julia Quinn is the reason I got into reading historical romances. I had heard all kinds of great things about The Bridgerton series so I decided to give them a shot. You have no idea how excited I am that these books are being adopted into a Netflix series!
Favorite Book: The Viscount Who Loved Me
6. SARAH MACLEAN
Another go-to author for historical romance. The fact that she made me not only forgive, but fall head-over-heels in a love with a “villain” from one of her previous books was nothing short of miraculous, especially given his wrongdoings. It just shows how immensely talented a writer she is.
Favorite Book: The Rogue Not Taken & The Day of the Duchess
7. MARISSA MEYER
Marissa Meyer really excels in writing YA Science Fiction/Fantasy. I’m a huge fan of both her series, Renegades and The Lunar Chronicles, and I’ve also enjoyed her standalones. I’m really looking forward to her upcoming novel which seems like a change of pace from her other books!
Favorite Book: Renegades
8. CHRISTINA LAUREN
I was actually surprised this amazing writing duo wasn’t higher up on the list. Although I owe that to the fact that I have a few of their books on my TBR but haven’t gotten around to reading them just yet. I’m sure even by the end of the year they’ll be bumped up a few, especially with the newest book releasing soon.
Favorite Book: Love and Other Words & Beautiful Player
9. LEIGH BARDUGO
I considered Leigh Bardugo one of the queens of YA Fantasy. She is tremendously talented and I will read (almost) anything she writes. The only book I haven’t read is King of Scars which I honestly don’t think I’ll ever get around to. I’ve kind of lost interest in any more Grishaverse books but I’m totally looking forward to the next book in the Ninth House series and whatever else she’ll write!
Favorite Book: Shadow and Bone
10. AMIE KAUFMAN
I was actually surprised to see her name on this list, not because I don’t enjoy her books, but because I hadn’t realized how many books I’ve read that were written or co-written by her! She writes a lot of science fiction/space books which are totally my jam. I can’t wait to read The Other Side of the Sky!
Favorite Book: Unearthed