Top 5 Wednesday: Future Classics

This weekly meme is created by Lainey of Ginger Reads Lainey and with its new host, Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . You can check out the weekly topics on the Top 5 Wednesday – Goodreads Page. This week’s topic is about books that I think can be future classics. 🙂

  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling – Without any doubt, this is my top answer. haha
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson – This introduced me to my all time favorite badass heroine: Lisbeth Salander. She’s a misfit in the society, a professional hacker and a protector. She hates misogynists and if anyone pulls out a weapon, she’ll get a bigger weapon than yours. I admire this woman very much.
  • Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer – This Saga might got you into reading / brought back your reading mojo. It was a sensation back when I was in High School and I owe this series for a reason.
  • Easy by Tammara Webber – One of the best pilot NA books I’ve read along with Slammed by Colleen Hoover, and The Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski. The story was captivating and romantic. You’ll also learn something here to prevent abuse. It’s handled really good.
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen –  The most relatable YA / MG book ever. An innocent puppy love story that I adore up to this day. I’m forever obsessed with this. Both book and movie.

 

What are the books that you think should be a future classic novel/series? Let me know on the comments. 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Angsty Romances

This weekly meme is created by Lainey of Ginger Reads Lainey and with its new host, Sam of Thoughts on Tomes . You can check out the weekly topics on the Top 5 Wednesday – Goodreads Page. Here are my 5 Favorite Angsty Romances 🙂

  • On Dublin Street by Samantha Young – One of my all time favorite NA/ Adult novels. Joss Butler and Braden Carmichael’s chemistry was off the charts and the constant push-pull makes their moments intense and steamier. Joss grieves over the loss of her family and isn’t ready for commitment while Braden pursues this lovely yet closed off lady. He encourages her to slowly open up her feelings.
  • Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard – If you’re into slow burn forbidden romance, I recommend this book. This is about a graduate student and a Dante specialist. I have a soft spot for brooding heroes and Professor Gabriel Emerson is my favorite. He has a troubled past and hopes to redeem himself. *sighs* I love him for being passionate, romantic and protective man.
  • The Bastard Billionaire  by Jessica Lemmon – I’ve read this recently and I love it! Elijah Crane is one of the broodiest hero I’ve encountered and I adore this guy to bits. This is the third book in a trilogy but it can be read as a standalone.
  • Monster in His Eyes by J.M. Darhower – Ignazio Vitale is complex and holds many secrets.  I devour this trilogy and I’m impressed on how it turned out. The second book in this trilogy has the most angst as the protagonists try to regain trust with each other. If you love Romantic Suspense or Mafia Romance, you’ll enjoy this one.
  • Any book by Penelope Douglas – When it comes to angst-y romances, you can never go wrong with Penelope Douglas. I love her Fall Away series and her standalone novels: Misconduct and Punk 57. I have yet to read her other series Corrupt.

 

What are your favorite angsty romance novels? Feel free to share it in the comments below. 

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2017: A New Bookish Beginning

Happy New Year Lovely Bookworms! 

I hope you guys had an amazing celebration as we welcome 2017. Last year is an awesome reading year for me as I achieved my Goodreads Reading Challenge and it went beyond my expectations. I may have failed to complete 2016 Popsugar Reading Challenge and Around the World in 52 Books, it wasn’t that bad since I filled out half of each lists. You can check out my wrap up here.

I will be participating on a couple of reading challenges this year:

  • 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge | I’m going to set my goals to 75 books. I may increase or decrease it depending on my reading pace.
  • 2017 Popsugar Reading Challenge | I don’t expect to complete this. haha! The categories are easier than the previous year.
  • 2017 New Adult Reading Challenge | This is hosted by Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. I’m reading challenge – 24 books (New Adult Intermediate) and Bingo. If I’m on a good roll for this, I’ll increase it to 36 books (New Adult Advance).
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  •  Around the Year in 52 Books | You may check out the list here if you are interested.
  • 2017 Diverse Reads Book Challenge | This is hosted by Mishma @ Chasing Faerytales and Shelly @ Read.Sleep.Repeat

No pressure on doing these challenges and I’m just going to read according to my own pace and mood.  I have bookish resolutions this year and some of them are mentioned on my previous resolutions:

  • Read more physical books. I enjoyed reading using my e-reader lately that have abandoned the books on my shelves. I’ll catch up with my physical books and get a book light.
  • Clean up the e-ARCs. I was able to clean up my 2016 arcs. Thank goodness. About time to tackle all my 2017 e-ARCs.
  • BookSale Hunt. YES. I found great books on our local secondhand bookstore. Cheers to more book gems!
  • Read more Underrated and Indie books. Some underrated and indie books have amazing stories and they need more recognition.
  • Read variety of books. Most of the books I’ve read are romance novels and I was able to explore its sub-genres. It’s still a success since I’ve read a few that are outside romance. I want to do it again this year because it’s always refreshing to read something different.
  • Read more Diverse and Thought Provoking books. Same as last year, I want to read more books about LGBTQA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender,Queer/Questioning, Asexual/Aromantic), Mental Illness (probably my fave diverse topic), Person of Color etc. and also books with subjects that will test my comfort zone. Controversial or not, I will give my feedback based on what I’ve read.
  • Limit requesting/accepting ARCs. I’m going to limit and be selective on ARCs this year because my schedule is going to be busy and I might not beat the deadline.

Unfortunately, I won’t be able to do the Pinay Bookaholic Recommends. I had a hard time catching up of what books to recommend. I don’t know if I should revive it and focus more on Romance novels. These are my bookish plans this year,  what are your bookish plans this year? 

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2016 Reading Challenge Wrap Up

I participated 3 reading challenges this year:  Goodreads Reading ChallengePopsugar Reading Challenge and Around the Year in 52 Books. Out of these three, my Goodreads Reading Challenge is a success as I’ve read 184 books out of 150 books. Even though I wasn’t able to complete the other two challenges, it wasn’t that bad because I filled most of the categories and I enjoyed it. To wrap it up, here are the categories I’ve completed:

POPSUGAR READING CHALLENGE:

  • Book based on a Fairy tale | The Bachelor Auction by Rachel Van Dyken (Cinderella)
  • YA BestsellerRed Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Book you haven’t read since High School | Lenobia’s Vow by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
  • Book set in your Home State | Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours by Clara Mae Quiambao (set in the Philippines)
  • Book Translated in English | Tekken: The Dark History of Mishima by Takashi Yano
  • Romance set in the Future | The Crown by Kiera Cass
  • Book set in Europe |The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard (Italy)
  • Book Under 150 Pages |The Duterte Manifesto by Rodrigo Duterte (122 pages)
  • Book that’s Becoming a Movie this Year | Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (reread)
  • Book you can finish in a day |The Best Goodbye by Abbi Glines
  • Book more than 600 Pages | The Host by Stephenie Meyer (864 pages)
  • Sci-Fi Novel | The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Book recommended by a family member | The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks (recommended by my aunt)
  • Written by a comedian | Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams
  • Graphic Novel |Saga vol. 1  by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples
  • 2016 Book | The Goal by Elle Kennedy
  • Book Takes Place on Summer | The Moment of Letting Go by J.A. Redmerski
  • First Book You See in the Bookstore | Evernight by Claudia Gray
  • Book from Library | True Believer by Nicholas Sparks (my aunt bought it on a Library sale)
  • Book about a culture you’re unfamiliar with | Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Satirical Book | Zeke and Angelique by Holly Tierney Beddord
  • Book that takes place on an island | Everafter by Elizabeth Chandler
  • Book Guaranteed to Bring You Joy | The Score by Elle Kennedy

Categories I didn’t complete:

  • National Book Award
  • Book recommended by someone you just met
  • Self-improvement book
  • Book written by a celebrity
  • Book at least 100 years older than me
  • Book from Oprah’s Book Club
  • Murder Mystery
  • Classic from 20th century
  • Autobiography

AROUND THE YEAR IN 52 BOOKS

  • Book you meant to read in 2015 but didn’t | The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
  • Book set in a different Continent  | Into the Deep by Samantha Young (Europe)
  • Book from Goodreads Choice Awards 2015 Winner or Nominated | The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
  • Book by an Author You Discovered in 2015 | You Were Here by Cori McCarthy
  • Book title beginning with the first letter of your name | Broken Prince by Erin Watt
  • Highest rated on your TBR | Empire by Rachel Van Dyken (4.60 / 5 stars)
  • Book that was mentioned in another book | Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracey Chevalier (mentioned in Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas)
  • Book by an author you feel you should have read by now | One Week Girlfriend by Monica Murphy
  • Book from Rory Gilmore Challenge | Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (reread)
  • Reader’s Choice | Raw by Belle Aurora
  • Book with one of the 5W’s or H in the title (What, Who, When, Why, How)What the Dead Want by Katie Olson
  • Beautiful Cover | The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • Summer / Beach Reading List | Ladies Man by Katy Evans
  • Nonfiction | Words to Love by by Mother Theresa
  • Book with first name in the title | Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski
  • Goodreads Recommendation Page | One With You by Sylvia Day
  • First Book in a New to You series | Changing Course by Aly Martinez
  • Next book in a series you’re reading | Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski
  • Between the Numbers book of series | Declan + Coraline by J.J. McAvoy (Ruthless People, #0.5)
  • Book whose MC is in a profession that interests you | Smut by Karina Halle (Writers/Authors)
  • Book that everyone is talking about | It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
  • Book with a Beautiful title (in my opinion) | Seeds of Iniquity by J.A. Redmerski
  • Biography / Autobiography / Memoir | *same entry as Political Memoir in PopSugar Reading Challenge*
  • Book by an author who writes under more than one name | Vision in White by Nora Roberts (she’s also J.D. Robb)
  • Fairy tale from a culture other than your own | Grim by Christine Johnson
  • Work of YA Fiction | Infinite in Between by Carolyn Mackler
  • Historical Fiction | Diamonds in the Rough by Portia Da Costa
  • 16th Book in your TBR | The Host by Stephenie Meyer
  • Mental Illness | Real by Katy Evans (Bipolar)
  • An Identity book – Different Culture, Religion or Sexual Orientation | The Suffering by Rin Chupeco (Japanese Culture)
  • Book I’ve seen the movie but haven’t read the book | Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
  • Book about an Anti-Hero | Hidden Bodies by Caroline Kepnes
  • Book suggestion that didn’t make it on the list | The Baller by Vi Keeland (Indie Book)
  • Novella from your favorite genre | Never Never part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher [New Adult]
  • Book about a thing that goes bump in the night | The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
  • Book you’re embarrassed to read in Public | Losing It by Cora Carmack
  • Book related to hobby / passion you have | The Summer Games by R.S. Grey (Swimming)
  • Book About a Major World Event | *same entry as Political Memoir in PopSugar Reading Challenge* Killing Lincoln – Civil War
  • Dystopia Novel | Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
  • Book with a great opening line | The Star Touched Queen by Roshani Chokshi
  • Book originally written in a different language other than English | Flights of Love by Bernhard Schlink [Originally written in German]
  • Short Story from a well known author | Beautiful Boss by Christina Lauren
  • Book Published in 2016 | Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven

Categories I didn’t complete:

  • Books about books
  • Classic book less than 200 pages
  • Childhood classic
  • Book set in the past (>100 years)
  • Book from the top 100 mystery novels
  • Top 100 Fantasy novels

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Most Disappointing Books of 2016

This year I have read many good books and listed my favorite Books / Series of 2016, I also have books that disappointed me. Most of these books I’m going to mention have a rating of 3 stars and below and give a brief description why I didn’t like it. No hard feelings just in case I’ve mentioned your favorite book. 😉 This list is in no particular order.

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  • Madame X by Jasinda Wilder | This is an erotica-suspense book.  I’m not a fan of the writing style as it switches from second person to first person. Often times it’s confusing. The romance in this book seems off and quite disturbing.

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  • Hush by E.K. Blair | The conclusion to the Black Lotus series pissed me off. Fucking shit caterpillars and Carnegie my ass. The first two books are promising and mind blowing.

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  • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard | Honestly, this could have been a good sequel if only some parts didn’t dragged on and repetitive. Plus, the action scenes were rushed and I didn’t notice the battle was over.

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  • Blow by Heidi McLaughlin | Insta-love, toxic relationship, lack of development and unrealistic portrayal of addiction. Recovery process takes time and doesn’t disappear with a snap. Romance isn’t a cure to addiction.

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  • Dirty by Belle Aurora | I find Julius Carter’s story a filler and a tease. I don’t hate him, I just want a continuation to Twitch and Lexi’s story. TWITCH. NOW. JULIUS. LATER.

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  • The Crown by Kiera Cass | My ship fucking doomed. That is all. Eadlyn and the person she ended up with have no chemistry. It was forced.

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  • Never Never Part 3 by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher | I have waited MONTHS for this conclusion and I’m dying to know the answers with all the craziness. Knowing these two authors can pull off crazy plot twists? In the end, it’s a lackluster when I thought this is going to be a mindfuck ending. Na-da.

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  • Evernight by Claudia Gray | Boring vampire story with an over-dramatic and clingy heroine.

Have you read any of these books? Let me know what your think of it.  What is your most disappointing reads of 2016? Feel free to share on the comments. 🙂

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My Most Anticipated Books of 2017

There are only days to go before 2016 ends! Here are some of the books I look forward on 2017. I’ll be categorizing it according to: Young Adult, New Adult / Adult. Note: Some of the books don’t have official covers and publication dates are TBA (To Be Announced). I will be updating this list if there are any changes.

Young Adult:

  • Bad Romance by Heather Demetrios | January 13th | Standalone
  • Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth | January 17th | Series position: 1st
  • Allegedly by Tiffany D. Jackson | January 24th | Standalone – Debut
  • City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson | January 24th | Standalone -Debut
  • By Your Side by Kasie West |  January 31st| Standalone
  • Long Way Home by Katie McGarry | January 31st | Series position: 3rd
  • King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard | February 7th | Series position: 3rd
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas | February 28th| Standalone – Debut
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco | March 7th| Series position: 1st
  • You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | March 7th | Standalone- Debut
  • A Crown of Wishes by Roshani Chokshi |  March 28th | Series position: 2nd
  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han | May 2nd | Series position: 3rd
  • Seeker by Veronica Rossi | May 16th | Series position: 2nd
  • Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia | May 30th | Standalone
  • When It’s Real by Erin Watt | May 30th | Standalone
  • Once and for All by Sarah Dessen | June 6th| Standalone
  • Trusting You & Other Lies by Nicole Williams | June 20th | Standalone
  • The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young| June 27th | Standalone
  • What to Say Next by Julie Buxbaum | July 11th | Standalone
  • Lucky in Love by Kasie West |  July 25th | Standalone
  • The Secret History of Us by Jessi Kirby | August 1st  | Standalone
  • After the Game by Abbi Glines | August 22nd  | Series position: 3rd
  • Warcross by Marie Lu | TBA | Series position: 1st
  • Untitled (The Shaw Confessions) by Michelle Hodkin | TBA | Series position: 1st
  • The Book of Ezra by Carolyn Lee Adams | TBA | Standalone
  • Untitled by Stephanie Perkins | TBA

New Adult / Adult:

  • Infini by Kristina & Becca Ritchie | January 2017| Standalone
  • Commander in Chief by Katy Evans | January 5th  | Series position: 2nd
  • Egomaniac by Vi Keeland | January 16th | Standalone
  • Menace by J.M. Darhower | January 16th | Series Position: 1st
  • Next to Never by Penelope Douglas | January 17th | Series position: 4.5
  • Becoming Mrs. Lockwood by K.I. Lynn | January 30th | Standalone
  • Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters | January 31st | Standalone
  • Love in Lingerie by Alessandra Torre | January 31st  | Standalone
  • Royally Matched by Emma Chase | February 21st | Series position: 2nd
  • The Bastard Billionaire by Jessica Lemmon | February 28th | Series position: 3rd
  • Every Little Thing by Samantha Young | March 7th  | Series Position: 2nd
  • Keep Her Safe by K.A. Tucker | March 7th | Standalone
  • We Sold Our Souls by K.A. Tucker | March 7th  | Standalone
  • Dirty Filthy Rich Men by Laurelin Paige | March 27th | Standalone
  • Until It Fades by K.A. Tucker | May 2nd  | Standalone
  • Dating You/Hating You by Christina Lauren | June 6th | Standalone
  • Royally Endowed by Emma Chase | June 15th | Series position: 3rd
  • Without Merit by Colleen Hoover  | August 1st | Standalone
  • Children of Vice by J.J. McAvoy | December | Series positon: 1st
  • Autoboyography by Christina Lauren | TBA | Standalone
  • Everything Under the Sun by J.A. Redmerski | TBA | Standalone
  • Spiders in the Grove by J.A. Redmerski | *No date but I’m hoping it’s 2017, this might be a surprise release.*  | Series postion: 7th
  • Hideaway by Penelope Douglas | TBA | Series position: 2nd
  • The Comfort Zone by Sally Thorne | TBA | Standalone
  • The Edge of ? by J.A. Redmerski | TBA | Series position: 3rd
  • SALT by E.K. Blair | TBA | Standalone
  • 9 Crimes by E.K. Blair | TBA | Standalone
  • Secret Lucidity by E.K. Blair | TBA | Standalone
  • Damage Like Us by Krista & Becca Ritchie | TBA | Series position: 1st
  • Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey | TBA | Standalone

Graphic Novels / Nonfiction:

  • Saga, Volume 7 by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples | March 28th | Series position: 7th
  • Crazy Is My Superpower: How I Triumphed by Breaking Bones, Breaking Hearts, and Breaking the Rules by A.J. Mendez Brooks | April 4th

For more books to be released on 2017, you can check out these lists:

What are your most anticipated books of 2017? Feel free to share your thoughts or links (if you have a post) on the comments below. Happy Holidays everyone! 🙂

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Cover Reveal + Teaser: The Man Who Won the World by O.E. Boroni

Hello everyone! I want to share with you guys that O.E. Boroni, author of The Never trilogy (The Beginning of Never, The Way to Never and The Truth of Never), has an upcoming novel titled: The Man Who Won the World. It’s expected to be released on January 31st, 2017!

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Summary [Goodreads]:

When you refuse to conform to the world you were born into, do you then create your own?

This is a story about a man who founded his own kingdom.

All Choi Jiyong knows is his carefree days hawking vegetables at the Namdong market, and his service as a jolly hand at a river-side tavern

But one day, it all changes when he saves the life of a mysterious girl.

Suddenly, he is plunged into a world of political rivalry, deadly turmoil, and incomprehensible tragedy. However, what he thinks is just an end to life as he has known it, becomes the start of his journey towards a destiny that has been ordained in his name: his hand will bring to its knees, dynasties that have been since the beginning of time.

This is a tale of supernatural forces, of love and of guilt, of revenge and of truth. Wars will arise and kingdoms will fall, kings will become victims, and slaves will become gods.

Author’s note: This is a historical/period romance novel set in Korea in the 900’s.

Teaser:

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About the Author:

O. E. Boroni currently lives in the United Kingdom. Her days are spent in the Project Management field while her nights are spent with books. She’s either reading them or writing the ones that she wants to read.

Social media sites: Website Goodreads | Twitter

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My 20 Favorite Books / Series of 2016

It’s time to wrap up with my favorite books or series (I binge) read this year. This is probably the most challenging year to rank my favorite books / series so far because they’re amazing and it overwhelmed me. I will count series as one because I just can’t separate them. Haha! Some authors have multiple entries on this list.  😉

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  • #20 – Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow | An eye opening debut novel about self-harm. The character’s emotions are raw and it feels real. It’s a must read.

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  • #19 – The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre | Deanna Madden is one fascinating anti-heroine. She is a creepy character because of her urge to kill someone and I still find her badass in some ways.. Alessandra Torre is really good at writing suspense/thrillers.

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  • #18 – Ladies Man by Katy Evans | This is such a guilty pleasure read. Tahoe and Gina’s story is so cute. Of course, Katy Evans’s knows how to make her readers swoon over her male leads 😉

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  • #17 – Misconduct by Penelope Douglas | Penelope Douglas is great at writing love stories with angst and steamy romance. Aside from these, it has family drama and issues, modern education, politics etc.. It’s really entertaining and complex.

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  •  #16 – Mr. President by Katy Evans | Damn, this political romance is so sexy and Matthew Hamilton is …. *fan yourself* I just want Commander in Chief. ASAP.

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  • #15 – The Host by Stephenie Meyer | Honestly, Stephenie Meyer should continue writing sequels for The Host. The love triangle here is well done, it’s not annoying and I love the slow burn romance in this book. It has so much potential and I find it better than the Twilight Saga.

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  • #14 – The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand | An emotional story about grief. It’s well-written and my goodness, tears are shed in this book. Cythia Hand’s writing style is really good and I’m looking forward to read more of her books.

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  • #13 – The Suffering by Rin Chupeco | A fantastic horror sequel and conclusion! I swear, it didn’t put me to sleep. It really scared the heck out of me. This is like The Grudge / The Ring book version. Okiku is my favorite ghost.

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  • #12 – Saga Series by Brian K. Vaughan and Fiona Staples | I don’t usually read graphic novels but Saga series captivated me. I love the story, characters and artwork. Hazel is my favorite character, she’s so cute and brilliant!

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  • #11 – Sempre Duology by J.M. Darhower | If you want to dive in to Mafia-themed books, I recommend this duology. This is a love story between a slave and a mafia prince. Unlike the other mafia books I’ve read, this is less violent and all the characters played their role in the story. The sequel focuses more on the mafia aspect than romance.

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  • #10 – Monster in His Eyes trilogy by J.M. Darhower | Another entry for J.M. Darhower. She’s so good at writing mafia books (this is my obsession along with sports romance. haha) and Monsters in His Eyes trilogy takes on a darker turn about love, lies, revenge, betrayal and grief.  Ignazio Vitale and Karissa Reed have an awesome chemistry and the romance between them is HOT. Goodbye Ovaries!

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  • #9 – Wicked Heart by Leisa Rayven |  One of my favorite book covers this year. Leisa Rayven once again made me swoon with Liam Quinn and Elissa Holt’s story. MY GODDAMN FEELS. I WANT MORE LEISA RAYVEN BOOKS.

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  • #8 – One Day Soon by A. Meredith Walters | If there’s another author who writes beautiful and emotional stories, it’s definitely A. Meredith Walters. Last year, one of her books made it to my favorites and it’s no wonder this is a win. One Day Soon is one of the best emotional stories I’ve read this year. I WEPT!

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  • #7 – November 9 by Colleen Hoover | I find the concept in this book unique and I enjoy its plot twist. Also, it was an emotional roller coaster. Ben Kessler ❤ ❤ ❤

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  • #6 – The Score by Elle Kennedy | For the love of Hockey players, Elle Kennedy knows how to do it. Of course Dean Heyward Di Laurentis is included here…and Winston. ;)) HAHAHAHA! PINK WINSTON.

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  • #5 – The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon | This is my first Nicola Yoon book and I love it! The story is heartwarming, cute and compelling. It also tackles about immigrants, racism and culture.

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  • #4 – Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas | This book gave me a bad book hangover. I am speechless on how amazing this book is. The characters are flawed and they did things that will make you hate them. However, both have an amazing character and relationship development. In the end, they learned their mistakes and redeem themselves by doing what’s right. Also, sexual tension = Off-the-Freaking-Charts!

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  • #3 – The Royals trilogy by Erin Watt | This debut trilogy has the craziest cliffhangers EVER. I don’t know how many times I cursed while reading and the plot twists… . Jaw droppers. I almost drop my e-reader. Hands down to Erin Watt a.k.a Elle Kennedy and Jen Frederick! I can’t wait for them to write more books.

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  • #2 – It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover | I really enjoyed most of Colleen Hoover’s books because of the romance and the emotions it bring to her readers. However, It Ends With Us is different among her books. It’s not a romance novel but women’s fiction. It’s thought provoking and it tests your decision making as this book lets you step in a difficult situation. Life has no trigger warnings and there are some things you don’t expect. With its realistic ending, it’s a win for me.

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  • #1 – In the Company of Killers series by J.A. Redmerski | Without any doubt, this series reigned supreme for me this year and automatically became my all time favorites. It’s a mafia/assassin themed and romantic suspense series. Each book keeps getting better, the plot twists are intense, unpredictable and mind blowing and the characters are ALL freaking BADASS. It’s action packed, and thrilling. It never failed to put me on the edge of my seat and hold on to dear life. 😉 #AssassinSquadGoals

These are my top reads of 2016. Have you read any of these?  Let me know your top reads this year and if you have a post, feel free to share your links 🙂 Happy Holidays lovely bookworms! 🙂

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The Shocker Book Tag

Here’s my another YouTube searching for book tags. I find this tag interesting and just do it without being tagged by anyone. The Shocker Book Tag is created by  Sophie w/ her sister, Daisy of  booksonbread (click this link to watch the original tag).

HERE ARE THE QUESTIONS:

TCA book you thought you were going to love but you ended up hating.

  • I have my hopes up for this one and eventually The Crown by Kiera Cass was a let down for me for various reasons. Here’s my review of why I didn’t enjoy this finale.

FSRTA book you thought you were going to hate but you ended up loving.

  • Honestly, I really thought I’m going to hate this book for the character’s unusual actions. I really enjoy it in the end as the author took a risk of writing a story with a thought provoking subject and it’s wonderfully written.

TGFTWA book from a genre or including a trope you generally don’t like that you loved.

  • It’s hard for me to be scared on Horror novels but The Girl from the Well gave me damn goosebumps. I LOVE IT.

Yoon_9780553496680_jkt_all_r1.inddA cover that took your breath away (can be for good or bad reasons).

  • Look at how creative and beautiful this cover is? The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon just blew me away. The story is fantastic by the way. 😉

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A character who you hated at first but you grew to love.

  • Ryen Trevarrow from Punk 57 by Penelope Douglas. She was a coward and a big bully but she was able to redeem herself at the end of the book. I love her character development and I truly appreciate her for admitting her faults and learn from it.

HPA book which you are shocked if any one hates.

  • I will be shock if anyone hates Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling. For real. Most people I knew loved it. I don’t know what to say if someone hates it. (internally crucios that  person. jk.)

ITCOK1A book that is so under-hyped you feel like the only one who’s read it and you would be shocked if someone told you they have.

  • I’ll say series for this one. Only a few people I knew love In the Company of Killers series. I’m gonna blabber if someone love and talk about it.

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A book with a plot twist that shocked you.

  • Broken Prince by Erin Watt have two deadly cliffhangers and the plot twists made me curse like a sailor. SCRATCH THAT. All the three books have batshit crazy plot twists. I swear, I almost drop my e-reader for this. Elle Kennedy & Jen Frederick (Erin Watt) are evil geniuses.

ACOTARA book you’re shocked you haven’t read yet.

  • The main reason I’m not reading this yet it’s because I’m on a Fantasy genre slump. Also the hype is lit. That will change anytime soon (hopefully this year, if not.. next year) and I’m looking forward to read ACOTAR since most people rave about it (especially Rhysand).

I am tagging these lovely bloggers to do this tag: 

  1. Pearl @ Pages of Pearl
  2. Claire @ Coffeeholic Bookworm
  3. Ari @ The Daydreaming Bookworm
  4. Jam @ Heartscent Reads
  5. Blessie @ Mischievous Reads
  6. Trish @ Heart via Pages
  7. Imo @ Amidst the Pages

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Release Week Blitz: The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon [Top 5 Funny Lines]

ABOUT THE BOOK

tbndTitle: THE BILLIONAIRE NEXT DOOR

Author: Jessica Lemmon

Series: Billionaire Bad Boys, #2

On Sale: October 25, 2016

Publisher: Forever

Mass Market: $5.99 USD

eBook:  $5.99 USD

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It’s Tag Crane’s job to be the life of the party. Traveling from one exotic locale to another is just part of running the luxurious Crane Hotel empire. But even paradise isn’t perfect. Devising a new business strategy is keeping Tag up at night-and so is the Great Dane barking at all hours in the apartment below his. To muzzle the problem, Tag charges downstairs . . . right into the most beautiful, blond distraction he’s ever seen.

Dog-sitting by day, bartending by night. It’s not exactly the life Rachel Foster dreamed of. But when Tag Crane rushes in, all mountain-man shoulders and obscenely sexy smile, needing her help for the Crane Hotels, it’s a fantasy come true. What’s the harm in a fun no-strings fling? Only a fool would give her heart to a billionaire player like Tag-until suddenly the one man who can’t be caught is the one flirting with forever . . .

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THE SERIES

The Billionaire Bachelor, #1 | The Billionaire Next Door, #2 | The Bastard Billionaire, #3

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You can check out my reviews for : The Billionaire Bachelor by Jessica Lemmon & The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

Top 5 funny lines from The Billionaire Next Door by Jessica Lemmon

#5: On accusing his dad of being a terrible retiree because he won’t leave Tag alone about work…

“Stop being ridiculous. Go drink your Metamucil or something.” Rhona’s giggle punctuated the air and Tag added, “And take your Cialis.”

#4: This one is cheating a little because Lucas, Tag’s best friend says it, but it earned my number four spot because, well… I love Lucas!

“I figured you and Reese split Chicago singles right down the middle, but with him engaged”—Luc dipped his voice to add the word again—“that puts you in charge of sexually pleasing the remainder of Chicago’s females.”

Tag couldn’t help laughing. “You’re an ass.”

“With great power comes great responsibility, my friend.”

#3: Tag’s response when Rachel accuses him of not acting like a billionaire…

“You don’t act like a billionaire.” She arranged herself and rested against his solid chest.

“I take it you weren’t impressed with the whisking-you-away-to-Oahu-by-private-plane bit? Because I have to tell you, that’s my go-to move.”

#2: That one time Rachel accuses Tag of thinking she was a hooker…

His chuckle turned into a belly laugh and he had to put a hand on his stomach to catch his breath. “No, sweetheart, I thought you meant you were one of his regular girls. Girlfriends. Not that you curled his toes for money.”

 #1: Rachel’s reaction upon learning Tag’s name…

“Tag,” he answered, letting go of her hand.

“Tag? As in you’re it?”

Tag as in Taggart, but he’d die before she found out he was named after his great-great-grandfather Crane. “Yeah. As in you’re it.”

About the Author

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A former job-hopper, Jessica Lemmon resides in Ohio with her husband and rescue dog. She holds a degree in graphic design currently gathering dust in an impressive frame. When she’s not writing super-sexy heroes, she can be found cooking, drawing, drinking coffee (okay, wine), and eating potato chips. She firmly believes God gifts us with talents for a purpose, and with His help, you can create the life you want.

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