That’s What HE Said Thursday (#4): 9-13-2018

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I’m excited to post another TWHST after three years! That’s what He said Thursday is hosted by chapterbreak.net . In this meme, we get to post a favorite line from our favorite book boyfriends to their heroine. This is more of a dialogue kind of post and it’s not a physical description of the hero but a line spoken to their heroines. (for more information click here )

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” I want to make love to you because I care about you. I want to worship your naked body with my own and learn all of your secrets. I want to please you, not for minutes, but for hours and even days. I want to see you arch your back in ecstasy and look into your eyes when I make you come.”

Gabriel Emerson to Julianne Mitchell | Gabriel’s Inferno by Sylvain Reynard

Beatrice

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TV Series Thoughts (SPOILERS)| Meteor Garden (2018)

MG2018IMDB Rating: 8.5 / 10

My Rating: 8 / 10

No. of episodes: 49

Running Time: 45 min / episode

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Casts: Shen Yue, Dylan Wang, Darren Chen, Caesar Wu, Connor Leong, Li Jia Qi

Producer: Angie Chai

Synopsis:

Shan Cai is an 18-year-old girl from a family that’s barely able to make ends meet. Due to a turn of events, she gets accepted into a school that only accepts the upper class elites. She immediately clashes with her classmates especially Dao Ming Si who is spoiled, arrogant and a bully. She remains defiant even after becoming a target of a series of pranks intended to torment her and just when she’s about to give up, Hua Ze Lei always seems to show up to lend her a helping hand. Eventually, the four boys begin to acknowledge Shan Cai’s unyielding personality that is like her namesake which is that of a weed that can never be brought down. She also begins to see the good in the boys, which paves the way for friendship and an eventual romance. (IMDB) This is based on the Japanese shojo Boys Over Flowers written by Yoko Kamio.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I’ve Removed from my TBR

I’ve added a lot of books on my TBR list and as years went by, my reading taste changed and I lost my interest to some of them. I clean up my TBR pile every 6 months and here are my top 5 books I’ve removed. This weekly meme is created by Lainey of Gingerreads 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

  1. The Avery Shaw Experiment by Kelly Oram – I added this book ages ago because of its blurb. Years gone by, I lost my interest. I’m taking a pass.
  2. Invisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan – I forgot why I added this book.
  3. Torment by Lauren Kate – Since the first book was excruciatingly boring, I don’t see a point of giving the rest of it a chance.
  4. Beneath This Man by Jodi Ellen Malpas – As soon as I’ve read This Man and hated it, I removed the sequel from my list.
  5. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher – This is one of the popular books during my college years. It’s a good thing I didn’t read it due to its problematic content.

What are the books you’ve removed on your TBR? Feel free to let me know on the comments. 

Beatrice

 

 

Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2018)

We’re halfway through 2018 and it’s time for the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag! This tag was created by Chami @ IsThatChami.

Best Book(s) You’ve Read So Far in 2018

  • Rush Duet by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward – I fell in love with Rush and Gia’s story. I love their chemistry, character development and the romance was heartwarming and steamy.  It was an emotional ride for these two as their relationship impeccably blossomed.

Best Sequel You’ve Read so far in 2018

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  • Mafiosa by Catherine Doyle – If you haven’t read or continued this trilogy, please give it a chance. Blood for Blood trilogy is one of those series started as weak and ended strongly. Writing mafia books in YA can be challenging and there are triggering factors needed to be considered such as violence and crime, which are inappropriate for this age group. However, Catherine Doyle went all out and saved the best for last. I love the direction of the story and its improvement was commendable.

New Releases You Haven’t read Yet  But Want To 

Most Anticipated Releases for the Second Half of 2018

  • The Chase by Elle Kennedy, Kill Switch by Penelope Douglas, Royally Yours by Emma Chase, Dirty Charmer by Emma Chase, All Your Perfects by Colleen Hoover, My Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren, Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren, Wildcard by Marie Lu, Professor Feelgood by Leisa Rayven and Gabriel’s Inferno #4 (??Not sure if this will be released this year but who knows??) by Sylvain Reynard.

My Biggest Disappointment

 

  • The Impossible Vastness of Us by Samantha Young – I didn’t finish this book because the characters were so annoying and the story was boring. It was a let down especially Samantha Young is one of my all time favorite authors.
  • Dominic by L.A. Casey – It’s an awful enemies to lovers romance. I’m surprised I finished this one and I’m hesitant to continue the sequels.

Biggest Surprise

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  • Spiders in the Grove by J.A. Redmerski – I can never be prepared with the plot twists this series have. I love it!

Favorite New to Me Authors

  • I enjoyed Corinne Michaels and Mariana Zapata’s books this year. I am looking forward to read the rest of their books.

Newest Fictional Crush

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  • I love Rush from Rebel Heir / Rebel Heart by Vi Keeland and Penelope Ward. He’s so sweet okay? (T_T)

Newest Favorite Character

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  • Roman “Bane” Protsenko from Bane by L.J. Shen – To think he’s my least favorite character in the series, he just dethroned the original Four Hotholes (Vicious Spencer, Deal Cole, Jaime Followhill and Trent Rexroth) and my favorite guy Dean Cole. Damn, I’m impressed by this underdog.

Book That Made You Cry

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  • Marley and Me by John Grogan – I suddenly missed my pet dog Chyna. She’s a Japanese Spitz I had when I was in High School. 😦

Book That Made You Happy

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  • On Hart’s Boardwalk by Samantha Young – Despite of my disappointment to The Impossible Vastness of Us, this novella made me giddy. My favorite ODS couple, Nate and Liv returned and after all these years, they’re still the best couple for me. Sweetest and most romantic as EVER! GAAH! ❤

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought / Received 

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  • I’ve won a copy of Roomies by Christina Lauren through Nissa’s (Of Pens and Pages ) giveaway. I love the cover and the story. ❤

Favorite Book to Movie Adaptation You’ve Seen This Year

  • I’ve only seen Fifty Shades Freed this year. LOL. I have no choice… Bwahahahha!

Favorite Review You’ve Written So Far 

  • Check out my review for Bane by L.J. Shen (click here to read my review). I love writing my review for it because the characters were underdogs and became my favorites in the series.

What Books Do You Need to Read Before the Year Ends

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  • Aside from the books that were released and haven’t read yet and most anticipated books in the second half of 2018, I need to read The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz. I want to see what’s next for Mikhael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander.

That’s all everyone.  Let me know if you have read any of these books or if you did the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag, leave your links in the comments so I can check it out! ❤ Have a fantastic week ❤

Beatrice

 

Challenge Wrap Up #2: Around the Year in 52 Books

Hi everyone! Here’s the continuation of my reading challenge wrap up. The second challenge was Around the Year in 52 Books but they change their name into Around the Year in 52 books (I guess this is for the next year’s challenge). Here are the books I’ve read for each categories:

The 2017 List
1. A book from the Goodreads Choice Awards 2016
The Princess Saves Herself in this One by Amanda Lovelace
2. A book with at least 2 perspectives (multiple points of view) – Marriage Games by C.D. Reiss
3. A book you meant to read in 2016 – The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
4. A title that doesn’t contain the letter “E” – This Isn’t Fair, Baby by K. Webster
5. A historical fiction The Woman in Black by Susan Hill
6. A book being released as a movie in 2017
7. A book with an animal on the cover or in the title – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson
8. A book written by a person of color – The Air He Breathes by Brittainy C. Cherry
9. A book in the middle of your To Be Read list – Made by J.M. Darhower
10. A dual-timeline novel – Breaking Him by R.K. Lilley
11. A category from another challenge (Audiobook)Priest by Sierra Simone (Narrated by Jacob Morgan & Elena Wolfe)
12. A book based on a myth – Trese vol. 1: Murder on Balete Drive by Budjette Tan & KaJo Baldisimo
13. A book recommended by one of your favorite authors
14. A book with a strong female character – Hideaway by Penelope Douglas

15. A book written or set in Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Iceland) –
The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz (Sweden)
16. A mystery – Away from the Dark by Aleatha Romig
17. A book with illustrations – Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
18. A really long book (600+ pages) – Life and Death: Twilight Reimagined – Stephenie Meyer
19. A New York Times best-seller – Stuck-Up Suit by Vi Keeland & Penelope Ward
20. A book that you’ve owned for a while but haven’t gotten around to reading – Happy Ever After by Nora Roberts
21. A book that is a continuation of a book you’ve already read – Commander in Chief by Katy Evans
22. A book by an author you haven’t read before Love, Hate and Other Lies We Told by Deirdre Riordan Hall
23. A book from the BBC “The Big Read” list (link)
24. A book written by at least two authors – Dark Wild Night by Christina Lauren
25. A book about a famous historical figure
26. An adventure book – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
27. A book by one of your favorite authors – Play On by Samantha Young 
28. A non-fiction – It Pays Forward to Increase Your Word Power by Peter Funk
29. A book published outside the 4 major publishing houses (Simon & Schuster; HarperCollins; Penguin Random House; Hachette Livre) – check all the editions The Salvation of Vengeance by Nancy Haviland (Montlake Romance)
30. A book from Goodreads Top 100 YA Books (link) – An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir 
31. A book from a sub-genre of your favorite genre Crown of Lies by Pepper Winters (Dark Romance)
32. A book with a long title (5+ words, excluding subtitle) – Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
33. A magical realism novel
34. A book set in or by an author from the Southern Hemisphere – Mister Romance by Leisa Rayven (Australia)
35. A book where one of the main characters is royalty – Royally Matched by Emma Chase
36. A Hugo Award winner or nominee (link) – Ms. Marvel vol.1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona
37. A book you choose randomly – Sustained by Emma Chase
38. A novel inspired by a work of classic literature – Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy edited by Ameriie (Medusa, Jack and the Beanstalk, Sherlock Holmes etc.)
39. An epistolary fictionSpeak by Laurie Halse Anderson
40. A book published in 2017 – The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur
41. A book with an unreliable narrator – Bad Mommy by Tarryn Fisher
42. A best book of the 21st century (so far)Warcross by Marie Lu
43. A book with a chilling atmosphere (scary, unsettling, cold) The Isn’t You, Baby by K. Webster
44. A recommendation from “What Should I Read Next” (link) – Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
45. A book with a one-word titleVendetta by Catherine Doyle
46. A time travel novel Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany, Jack Thorn
47. A past suggestion that didn’t win (link) Stars Over Castle Hill by Samantha Young (A book with less than 1 000 ratings on Goodreads)
48. A banned book
49. A book from someone else’s bookshelf – Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum (Inah @ Bibliophile Confessions)
50. A Penguin Modern Classic – I Hate and I Love by Cattulus
51. A collection (e.g. essays, short stories, poetry, plays) – All of My Bullshit Truths: Collected Poems by J.R. Rogue
52. A book set in a fictional location – Saga vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples

Categories completed: 45

Overall thoughts:

  • The categories in this challenge were easier than Popsugar reading challenge and I really enjoyed it. This is a great challenge because it helps me to venture in other genres. No pressure at all and just read the ones you feel like reading.

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Spookathon Wrap Up

It’s been days since Spookathon ended and I managed to read 4 out of 5 books. I really enjoyed reading the books though I wasn’t truly a horror fan. I was able to read the books on my TBR list except I switched last minute on one book. Here are the books I finished:

  • Read a Book Based on Childhood Fear: True Philippine Ghost Stories vol. 29 edited by Alexie Cruz (4/5 stars) – Majority of the ghost stories gave me goosebumps.
  • Read a Book that has a Spooky Setting: The Woman in Black by Susan Hill (3/5 stars) – I expected this will be terrifying because Eel Marsh House is a great setting then there goes the black lady. I’ve listened to the audiobook which was narrated by Paul Ansdell. Excellent narration but the story wasn’t that scary. The plot twist in the end was good. Instead of two stars, I gave it three.
  • Read a Book with a Spooky Word on the Title: Killing Sarai by J.A. Redmerski (5/5 stars) – I’m rereading In the Company of Killers series in preparation for the seventh book that’s set to be released anytime this year (!!!!). Ari and I were discussing possible things can happen and who’s going to betray on Spiders in the Grove. We’re still brainstorming and connecting the dots. My rating stays five stars because this book still gave me the adrenaline rush.
  • Read a Thriller: Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski (5/5 stars) – I’m having a slow progress on The Girl in the Spiders Web (I’m still reading this one) so I decided to make a last minute switch and pick ITCOK sequel. Again, five stars. I SHIP VICTOR FAUST AND IZABEL SEYFRIED REALLY HARD PEEPS.

 

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My Most Read Authors

Hello lovelies! Recently, I watched one of Jess’s videos (PeaceLoveBooksxo) and came up with an idea of sharing with you my most read authors. If you want to check out your most read authors, go to your Goodreads bookshelves then on the left side, click “Most Read Authors”. You’ll see the authors along with the number of books (including novellas) you’ve read.

I’m going to mention my top 10 authors and it will be in ascending order. I’ll write an update next year if there’s any change with the ranking.

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Nora Roberts – 12 books

  • She’s a best-selling author who has written tons of novels. Her books got me into reading and loving adult romances. Whether it’s paranormal, fantasy and contemporary. I still have to read her romantic suspense series which she’d written under the name of J.D. Robb.
  • I’ve Read: The Key Trilogy, Three Sisters Island trilogy, Bride Quartet series, The Gift, Blue Smoke.

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Christina Lauren – 13 books

  • You’ve got to love the dynamic duo behind Christina Lauren – Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings – when it comes to hot male leads and steamy romances.
  • I’ve Read: Beautiful series and Wild Seasons series (except Wicked Sexy Liar)

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Kristen Proby – 13 books

  • If you’re looking for a quick, addictive and guilty pleasure read as Abbi Glines’s books, you definitely should check out Kristen Proby’s books. Her books are great to binge-read.
  • I’ve Read: With Me in Seattle series and Boudreaux series (only the first three books)

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Emma Chase – 13 books

  • This is a surprise for me. I didn’t realize I’ve read a lot of Emma Chase’s books and kept up to date. Her books will make you swoon and laugh at the same time. She’s one of the best New Adult authors who can write amazing male point of views.
  • I’ve Read: Tangled series, The Legal Briefs series and Royally series

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Pepper Winters – 13 books

  • I discovered Pepper Winters back in 2014. I recommend her books if you love reading Dark Romance. She’s one of the best in terms of plot, characterization, sizzling scenes and taboo. It can be a hit or miss depending on your comfort zone so please read at your own discretion. The thing is, I’m invested with her books.
  • I’ve read: Monsters in the Dark trilogy, Indebted series and Truth and Lies duet

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Colleen Hoover – 15 books

  • It’s no surprise for Colleen Hoover to be included in this list. She’s one of the pioneers in the New Adult genre and became one of my all time favorite authors  since I’ve read Slammed. Her books always put me on an emotional roller coaster and I love it!
  • I’ve read: All of her books except Too Late and Without Merit (October 2017).

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Samantha Young – 16 books

  • Majority of Samantha Young’s books made me swoon and another one of my all time favorite authors. Whether it’s enemies to lovers, second chance romance, best friends to lovers etc., I will read anything by her.
  • I’ve read: On Dublin Street series, Hart’s Boardwalk series (on-going), Into the Deep and Hero.

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P.C Cast and Kristin Cast – 17 books

  • When I finished Twilight Saga, I was looking for a new vampire series to read and discovered House of Night. I love that series and forever will be part of my teenage years. Merry meet, Merry part and Merry meet again NerdHerds!
  • I’ve read: House of Night series, House of Night Novellas (except Kalona’s Fall) and Fledgeling Handbook 101.

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Rachel Van Dyken – 17 books

  • Rachel Van Dyken is one of my favorite authors when it comes to contemporary romance and romantic suspense. In terms of plot and writing style, she’s improved through the years and I really recommend her books especially Eagle Elite series.
  • I’ve read: Ruin trilogy, Eagle Elite series (on-going), Consequence series (first two books) and The Bachelor Auction.

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Abbi Glines – 32 books

  • Every time I have a reading slump, Abbi Glines’s books are my go-to reads to get me out of it. Her books are so addictive and most of it I can finish it in one sitting. Note: Supposedly it’s 31 books but I’ve read two versions of Breathe (Sea Breeze #1) — YA version and New Adult version.
  • I’ve read: Sea Breeze series, Rosemary Beach Series, The Vincent Boys duet, Once She Dreamed Parts 1 & 2, The Field Party series (on-going), Sea Breeze meets Rosemary Beach (on-going).

These are my most read authors, folks! Have you read any books by them? What are your favorites? and Who are your most read authors? Feel free to share it in the comments. 😀

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