Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at GingerReadsLainey.
Click HERE for a complete list of participants and future topics.
I was so excited when I saw that this week's T5W theme was favorite angsty romances. Because I am ALL ABOUT the angsty romance. Bring. It. On. I think for some people, angst has a kind of negative connotation but not so for me. Give me a book where the main characters are tortured souls with tragic backgrounds. Give me a story where there's every obstacle imaginable keeping the lovers apart. Give me heartbreak and heartache. Does that make me a glutton for punishment? Maybe, but I'm also one happy reader. So here are some of my favorite angtsy romances/couples. 

Paullina Simons
The Bronze Horseman takes the gold medal in angst. I mean, come on, when the story starts Alexander is dating Tatiana's sister. How's that for some angst? Then there's that pesky war keeping them apart. Much angst ensues.

Colleen Hoover
When I started this list, four of the five picks were from Colleen Hoover. I practically had to flip a coin to choose just one. I ended up going with the first CoHo book I ever read. The angst-filled relationship between Sydney and Ridge in Maybe Someday had me in pieces, desperate for some kind of happy ending. Many tears were shed.

Krista & Becca Ritchie
I don't consider the Addicted series as a whole to be particularly angsty. But that first book, when Lily and Lo were deep into their addictions and struggling daily - yeah, that was pretty angsty. They were each other's crutch but also one another's salvation. The ending of this one tore me up. 

Abbi Glines
I'm a sucker for the Rosemary Beach series. Seriously, it's my book crack. And it all started with Blaire and Rush. He's the son of the woman her father has just married. She's a simple girl from Alabama. He's a rock star's son. Angst and drama, drama and angst. I ate it up like candy.  

Jennifer L. Armentrout
Cam and Avery's relationship was a rocky one with plenty of obstacles. Cam's past, Avery's past, misunderstandings. Their road to happiness was hard fought and no two people deserved it more. I loved this angsty love story.
How do you feel about angsty romance?
Love it or hate it?

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: The Ones I Flew Through

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme 
This week's Top Ten Tuesday Theme:
Books I Read in One Sitting

Um, yeah, I don't think that's ever happened. Ever. So I'm going to put my own twist on this week's theme and share the books that I read super fast. The ones that were so unputdownable that I flew through them. Also, I'm sharing twelve not ten. Just because I can.

Ten Tiny Breaths - K.A. Tucker
This was the first book I read from Tucker and I could hardly put it down.
Attachments - Rainbow Rowell
Rowell's books are just so incredibly readable. I was completely charmed by Attachments and gobbled it up.
Trust in Me - Jennifer L. Armentrout
For some reason reading from Cam's POV had me flying through this one.
Scorched - Jennifer L. Armentrout
I don't know if I was just in the right mood for this one or if it was the story but I inhaled this one by Armentrout. I wish it got more attention.
The Summer I Found You - Jolene Perry
I feel like I mention this one a lot but that's because it made such a huge impression on me. I simply couldn't put it down and I think I read it in one day.
Something Like Normal - Trish Doller
Oh, this book. Travis's story hurt my heart and I just kept reading because I was desperate for him to find his footing again.
Faking It - Cora Carmack
I feel like I rarely mention Cora Carmack even though she's a favorite. I love her Losing It series and adore the Rusk University series. Faking It is my fave from the Losing It series and I flew through it.
The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
To be honest, I'm not really a fan of John Green's writing, but TFiOS was somehow an exception and I found myself practicall speed reading it because I had to know how it ended. *grabs tissue and curses John Green*
When I'm Gone - Abbi Glines
Abbi Glines is another author that I feel I don't mention much but I basically inhale everything she writes. Granted, her books are rarely lengthy, but even so, I fly through them.
One True Loves - Taylor Jenkins Reid
This was one of my favorite books of 2016 and I was hooked from the very first page. I practically devoured this emotional story (and still wanted more).
Kill Devil Hills - Sarah Darlington
I was so invested in this story. Georgie was relatable and Noah was perfection. (Also, at just over 200 pages it was easy to speed through this one.)
Easy - Tammara Webber
Another favorite that, for some reason, I rarely mention. I fell head over heels for Lucas and Jacqueline and I basically inhaled their story. 

Have you ever read a book in one sitting?  

Sunday, March 19, 2017

The Sunday Post #48

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

Apparently Mother Nature grew very tired of my moaning about the lack of winter. She gifted me with two days of record-breaking cold this past week. So, Florida winter... check. I do believe that's all we're going to get. So yeah, thanks for that.

Yesterday The Husband and I were at the SEC Gymnastics Championship. I've always loved women's gymnastics and when I heard the Championship was being held here this year I nabbed our tickets immediately. We stayed for both sessions (which meant we were there for 6+ hours) but it was so great to see. Florida was the reigning champ but sadly they came in second this year. The ladies from LSU were killing it on every event - so Geaux Tigers! 

Tuesday, March 14
Top Ten Tuesday:

Wednesday, March 15 
#ShelfLove Quarterly Topic (March):
Oldest Unread Books on My Shelf

Eleanor & Park (Audio Re-Read) - Rainbow Rowell
The Elite (The Selection #2) - Kiera Cass
The Guard (The Selection #2.5) - Kiera Cass

The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli
Written in Red (AUDIO) - Anne Bishop

I was ridiculously excited to get approved for this one
 since Abbi Glines is a long-time favorite.

After the Game (The Field Party #3) - Abbi Glines


How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

#ShelfLove Quarterly Topic (March): Oldest Unread Books on My Shelf aka The Bookshelf of Shame

For the second year in a row, I'm taking part in the #ShelfLove Challenge. 
The focus is on reading the books you already own - and I'm all about that!

The discussion topic for this quarter: 
What are the top books (unread) on your shelf 
that have been there the longest?

Don't you just cringe reading that? Being forced to think about some of the books that have been lingering on your bookshelves for ages. Are we all hanging our heads in shame? Well it's time to 'fess up and share those books that are unread (but not unloved!) and just patiently waiting for their turn.

Note: These are all books that are physically on my shelves, not just on my TBR. All dates gathered from when I added the book to my GoodReads To-Read shelf.





My #ShelfLove Challenge Progress:

What unread book has been 
on your bookshelf the longest?

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday: Books on My Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme 
We all know I don't make monthly TBR lists but that doesn't mean I don't have a vague idea of what I want to read. So here are the books that are topping my (mental) TBR list for Spring. (Note: According to the almighty Google, Spring is from March 20-June 21. However, these books aren't necessarily being released this Spring, they are simply the books that I most want to read during this time.)

(in no particular order)

Alex, Approximately - Jenn Bennett
A Court of Wings and Ruin - Sarah J. Maas
Till Death - Jennifer L. Armentrout
The Upside of Unrequited - Becky Albertalli
Up In Flames - Abbi Glines
Torn - Jennifer L. Armentrout
Letters to the Lost - Brigid Kemmerer
Amour Amour - Krista & Becca Ritchie
The Crown's Fate - Evelyn Skye
Making Faces - Amy Harmon

What book are you most excited to read this Spring?  

Sunday, March 12, 2017

The Sunday Post #47

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Caffeinated Book Reviewer.
It's a chance to share news - a post to recap the past week on your blog, 
showcase books and things we have received, and share news about what is
coming up on your blog in the week ahead. You can find the info here:

It's been a good week, despite the fact that we had several days of temps that hit the 80 degree mark (and set record highs). And as I sit here my husband is telling me that it's currently snowing as close as North Carolina. I'm so jealous!

The Husband was judging at a car show yesterday so I popped in to T.J. Maxx to find something for my mother's birthday. It seemed so wrong to not look around while I was there so I nabbed three clothing items for me as well, including a Michael Kors insignia tee for a steal! I do seriously love T.J. Maxx. I swear, they should sponsor me. :)

This morning we took my parents out for breakfast for Mom's birthday and, while I was disappointed in the food and the service (ugh), the company was great and Mom loved her gifts. So mission accomplished.  

With the time change I feel like the day has already gotten away from me. I know it's only one hour but it totally throws me off. I much prefer the other time even though I seem to be in the minority. It just seems wrong when it's daylight at 8:30 at night. Does the shift in time throw you off, too?
Tuesday, March 7

Barely Breathing (Breathing #2) - Rebecca Donovan
Forbidden Kisses (Blushing Bay #1) - Annie Rains

Eleanor & Park (Audio Re-Read) - Rainbow Rowell

I'm taking part in the 2017 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge hosted by Andi at Andi's ABC's and I won the February giveaway! I chose this title from Melissa Foster. Thanks Andi!
Tru Blue - Melissa Foster


How was your week? Any new books? Any news to share? 
You know I want to hear about it! :)