Top Ten Tuesday: Books We Meant to Read in 2017

…But Didn’t Get To

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish

33158561Wild Beauty by Anna-Marie McLemore

I was so, so close to managing to squeeze this book into 2017 at the very end, but alas I didn’t get to it. However, the love for this novel is so deep, and from the 15 pages I did manage to read, I can see why. McLemore’s writing is so enchanting, her setting so engrossing and her characters enthralling. I can’t wait to unravel all this book has to offer, even if I am doing it a bit later than intended.

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas32320750

I’m a huge fan of thrillers, and this was on my radar for so long that I was actually recommending it to people before I had even read it myself. And the people who took my advice loved it so much that I knew I would have to get to it sooner rather than later. And with Thomas releasing one of my most anticipated stories this year, I’m eagerly looking forward to getting my hands on this.

32571395One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I’m always a fan of ensemble casts, and when you have to suss out a traitor among those characters, I’m all in. Though I don’t believe I truly favor any one sub-genre of YA, I’m definitely more partial to thrillers, so why I keep pushing this off is beyond me. This seems right up my alley, so I know that this year I’ll finally find the time to conquer it.

All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater30025336

I was a huge fan of The Raven Cycle for a lot of reasons, and I honestly think Maggie Stiefvater is one of the most incredible authors out there right now. She presents such compelling characters and plots, with just the right amount of humor and romance to offset the objectively dark storyline. Friends of mine have already read and adored this, and if it comes even close to reaching The Raven Cycle’s level of intense and enthralling prose, it will be a success.

32075671The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

It’s so disheartening that I never got around to this novel in 2017. It was one of the most highly praised (and well deserving, at that) titles, and marked a real change in how diverse stories are received by their audiences. Having not read it yet, I can’t even fathom how important and poignant it must be, as its impact is left entirely to experience. However, I know that once I get around to it, I’ll be just as moved as all the readers before me.

The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel30689335

Though the reviews for this book have been incredibly mixed, and justifiably so considering the subject matter and dark tone, it’s been on my list and in the back of my mind for some time. If anything, the mixed response has only made me want to read it more, so I can see for myself just what dark and twisted secrets are kept within this family. Meg was a huge fan of Engel’s previous work The Book of Ivy, but I’ve yet to read anything by her, and this seems like the perfect one for me to begin with.

33385229They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

I’ve yet to read a Silvera novel, which seems insane at this point. His books are so adored, and I’m always looking for good LGBT+ novels, and I have a little too much of an affinity for tragedy and doomed romance, so I can’t believe I haven’t gotten to this yet. I’m so looking forward to it, and I hope it’s as spectacular as everyone else seems to believe.

The Wicker King by K. Ancrum33158541

I requested an ARC of this book a long time ago, but after being denied, I pushed it to the back of my mind and said I would save it for later. However, every time I see it pop up on my Goodreads shelves, all it takes it another peek at the summary to remind me how desperately I want to read this and how splendid it seems.

30249925This Darkness Mine by Mindy McGinnis

Some people hate strange books simply because they’re strange. I am not one of those people. If a book leaves me confused, questioning what I’ve read and experience, so much the better for it, because that means a story was compelling enough for it to linger in my mind for days after. Friends and fellow bloggers seem split on whether this was fantastic or terrible, and I can’t wait to make that judgment for myself this year.

Done Dirt Cheap by Sarah Nicole Lemon31305526

I’ve heard incredible things about the captivating, gorgeous writing, incredible atmosphere, and well-rounded, slow-burn romance within this novel that I know I need to get to it sooner rather than later. Contemporary novels may not always be my first choice, but when they are as dense and glorious as this one is said to be, I’m utterly unable to put them down. I’m so looking forward to this that every time I read another review, it moves higher up my list.

What books did you all miss out on this year, and what are you looking forward to finally tackling in 2018? Let us know!


Top Ten Tuesday: Unique Book Titles

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish

We’ve been wanting to get involved with Top Ten Tuesday for quite some time, and this is such a cool topic we couldn’t resist it! Book Titles can be so special, meaningful, and interesting, we love any opportunity to highlight some of our favorites. Let us know what you think, and what your favorite unique titles are!

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Totally Should’ve Book Tag

We are back to Book Tag Sunday (at least for now!) I saw this tag from Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books, and loved all her choices so much I thought I’d throw my hat in the ring too! So without further ado:

1. Totally Should’ve Gotten A Sequel


All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill! At one time, there was supposed to be a sequel which focused on the same events, but from Finn’s perspective. When I find out that was cancelled, I was absolutely heartbroken. All Our Yesterdays packs so much emotion and complexity not only into its plot, but in the unique way its characters are presented. To have seen that same treatment given to Finn would’ve been incredible, and it would’ve provided so much background for his character! He deserves to be fully fleshed out in another book, but that will only happen in my dreams.

2. Totally Should’ve Gotten A Spin-Off Series


The Fixer by Jennifer Lynn Barnes! What this series really needs is a third book, but since that looks like it’ll never happen, I think a spin-off series focusing on Henry would be just as incredible. I don’t think his actions at the end of the second novel got the explanation they deserve, and I really want to see more of how he evolves! Also, I just simply adore these books and want way more of them in my life.

3. An Author Who Should Write More Books

April Genevieve Tucholke is, and always will be, my auto-buy author. Her books are so atmospheric, haunting, and complex, and I love seeing what convoluted plot she comes up with every time I pick up her novels. If she could release a book every single year, I would never, ever put them down.

4. A Character Who Totally Should’ve Ended Up With Someone Else

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Maddie from Code Name Verity/Rose Under Fire absolutely, 100% should’ve ended up with Julie during the first book. Though I haven’t read Rose Under Fire (and I never will), I found out that she ends up engaged to Julie’s brother. Not only does that not make sense, but it seems like a obvious attempt to try and distill the palpable romance and tension between Maddie and Julie and prove that they’re both straight, when everyone knows those two girls were in love. In my opinion, it’s just completely unfair.

5. Totally Should’ve Had A Movie Franchise


Tiny Pretty Things! It would be so incredible to see all those cutthroat ballerinas sabotaging each other on the big screen, right? It was absolutely made for the movies, and it’s a shame that it isn’t one. And it’s so diverse, too! It would’ve been such incredible representation and a take on the corruption within the ballet industry. Dangerous ballerina movies play well at the box office, too, and I can already picture how well-made this movie could be.

6. Totally Should’ve Kept The Original Covers

The Gemma Doyle Trilogy had no reason to change their covers, but alas. The original covers were gorgeous and so crisp, and it seems like the new ones really sullied that beauty unnecessarily. Why, just why? There was no reason, at all, that these covers needed to change, but doesn’t that seem to be true of all Libba Bray novels?

7. Totally Should’ve Stopped At Book One


This one seems pretty self-explanatory to me. Though I haven’t read the sequels, and I’m not sure I ever will, my highly reliable best friends have told me that the series goes downhill real quick. I thought the first book was good enough, but upon further reflection found that I actually didn’t like it as much as I originally thought. It left me with no real desire to continue the series, and I just don’t think it kept its momentum. Oops?

I’m not going to tag anyone this time around, but please feel free to take part in this if you see it from me and are interested! Do you agree or disagree with any of my picks? Let me know! Happy reading!


The Seven Deadly Sins Book Tag

Book Tag Sunday has now officially lasted two weeks straight, which is a record for us. I saw Sara at The Book Cycle had done this tag, and Meg and I are obsessed with anything related to the Seven Deadly Sins, so we thought this would be the perfect fit!

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First Lines Fridays #1

First Lines Fridays is a weekly feature for book lovers hosted by Wandering Words. What if instead of judging a book by its cover, its author or its prestige, we judged it by its opening lines?

  • Pick a book off your shelf (it could be your current read or on your TBR) and open to the first page
  • Copy the first few lines, but don’t give anything else about the book away just yet – you need to hook the reader first
  • Finally… reveal the book!

“There are two things you know. One: You were there. Two: You couldn’t have been there.

Holding these two incompatible truths together takes skill at juggling. Of course juggling requires a third ball to keep the rhythm smooth. That third ball is time – which bounces much more wildly than any of us would like to believe.”

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Goodreads Book Tag!

Welcome to Book Tag Sunday! Every Sunday, we’re hoping to do a new book tag for all of you. To kick it off, we’ve decided to do the Goodreads Book Tag, which we found from Life of a Literary Nerd! Goodreads is truly such an invaluable source. It’s an organizational tool, but also helps us get involved in the community by seeing what people are reading and whether they love or hate it. So without further ado, let’s see what’s coming up for us!

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