Top Ten Tuesday: Wintry reads

Happy Top Ten Tuesday! Today’s theme is cozy/wintry reads and I couldn’t decide whether I wanted to do ten wintry books I’ve read or ten wintry books I want to read, so I’m doing a combination of both!

Here are five YA books I’ve read that take place during winter:

❄️ What Light by Jay Asher (my rating: ★★★☆☆)
❄️ Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, & Lauren Myracle (my rating: ★★★☆☆)
❄️ We Are Okay by Nina LaCour (my rating: ★★★☆☆)

❄️ Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (my rating: ★★★☆☆)
❄️ The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (my rating: ★★☆☆☆)

And five wintry YA books I’m hoping to get to soon:

❄️ Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
❄️ Almost Midnight by Rainbow Rowell
❄️ My True Love Gave to Me (anthology)

❄️ Frostblood by Elly Blake
❄️My New Crush Gave to Me by Shani Petroff


Did you do your own Top Ten Tuesday post today? Feel free to leave your link and I’ll check it out! Have you read any of these books? Which of the books from my TBR should I get to first? Let’s talk in the comments!

Monthly Favorites: November 2018

November had one of my highest average ratings of the whole year, so choosing my favorites was kind of difficult! I think I figured it out, though.

On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder
★★★★★
my review | Goodreads

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
★★★★☆
my review | Goodreads

Saga, Vol. 7 by Brian K. Vaughan
★★★★★
my review isn’t posted yet! | Goodreads


What were your favorites from November?
Have you read any of these books? What did you think?
Let me know in the comments!

Page Count: November 2018

It looks like November was a month of graphic novels for me! It was also, overall, a much better reading month than I’ve had in recent memory. I don’t know if I’ve ever had an average rating that was so high!

24 pages 27 pages 27 pages 29 pages
★★★★☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★☆☆ ★★★☆☆
27 pages 240 pages (🎧) 648 pages 213 pages
★★★★☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★★☆
128 pages 208 pages 176 pages 160 pages
★★★★★ ★★★☆☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★★☆
144 pages 152 pages 152 pages 152 pages
★★★★☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★★☆
152 pages 337 pages 312 pages 501 pages
★★★★★ ★★☆☆☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★☆☆
420 pages (🎧) 402 pages 144 pages 344 pages
★★★☆☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★★☆ ★★★★☆

Total books: 24 
Total pages
: 5,119
Average rating: 3.79 stars


How did November go for you? Did you read as much as you’d hoped?

Weekly Update

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT, HERE ARE THIS WEEK’S BLOG POSTS:

I’VE BEEN READING:

RECENTLY ACQUIRED:

  • Nothing! I’m kind of on a book-buying ban right now.

1 THING THIS WEEK:

  • I’ve made a point to be very good about interaction ever since I moved my blog to WordPress, and that’s been fine. But recently I started to feel like I had to constantly be checking in on both my blog and everybody else’s and that was stressing me out, so I turned off notifications to my phone and told myself to calm down. I’m already more relaxed. You might not see me around as much, but I’m still here! (Just not as frequently.)

Book review: If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow

If You Were Mine by Melanie Harlow
Series: After We Fall #3
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: February 28, 2017
Source: Kindle Freebie

Theo MacLeod wasn’t supposed to be the one.

Tall, dark and handsome suits me just fine, but the cocky grin, know-it-all attitude, and mammoth ego? No thanks. I only hired him so I wouldn’t have to sit at the singles table again. It was just pretend.

He wasn’t supposed to kiss me.

My heart wasn’t supposed to pound.

We weren’t supposed to spend the night together—the hottest night of my life.

One night turns into a snowed-in weekend away, and even the blizzard of the century can’t cool the fire between us. I can’t get enough—of his smile, of his body, of the way he makes me feel.

We’re nothing alike. He’s a daredevil, and I’m a nervous Nellie. He’s a drifter, and I want to put down roots. He’s an opportunist with a checkered past, and I’m a Girl Scout volunteer.

But none of it matters when I’m in his arms.

I know he’s made mistakes. I know his wounds are deep, and he doesn’t trust easily. I know he doesn’t believe he could ever be enough to make me happy, but he could.

All he has to do is stay.

It’s not really a secret that I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump lately. I think it’s partially my dramatic life and partially the fact that I’ve been trying to read a lot of the same genre back-to-back and that never really goes well for me. I decided to take a break from all of the YA fantasy novels I’ve been attempting and pick up a nice contemporary adult romance.

It really did the trick, because I flew through this book and I loved it so much.

I mean… this book. I don’t even know what to say about it. I loved both Claire and Theo. I loved how much they cooked and baked together. I loved their sexual tension even though it just about killed me. And when I say “it just about killed me,” I really mean it. I almost actually died from the sexual tension in this book. Melanie Harlow gets me every time.

My only criticism of this book is the same criticism I’ve had of every Melanie Harlow book I’ve ever read — there comes a point in the middle where she kind of loses the plot and the characters just have a bunch of sex. And that’s fine and I’ve come to expect it in her books, but it’s not something that, to me, warrants five stars.

Other than that, though, this book was such a great way to spend a Saturday night. I think I’ll jump right into another of Melanie’s books.

#killingthetbr: 13 months on shelf


Have you read If You Were Mine? Do you like Melanie Harlow’s books?
Let’s talk in the comments!


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ABC Book Challenge ✰ F

I’ve seen this ABC Book Challenge on a lot of different blogs, but most recently Thrice Read. It’s week six of this challenge already and it’s time for the letter F!


✰ Memorable (five-star) books starting with F ✰


✰ Books on my TBR starting with F ✰


Have you read anything that’s on my TBR? Which books should I read first? Do you agree or disagree with my favorites? Let’s talk in the comments!

Book review: Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: May 4, 2010
Source: Purchased

Amy Curry is not looking forward to her summer. Her mother decided to move across the country and now it’s Amy’s responsibility to get their car from California to Connecticut. The only problem is, since her father died in a car accident, she isn’t ready to get behind the wheel. Enter Roger. An old family friend, he also has to make the cross-country trip – and has plenty of baggage of his own. The road home may be unfamiliar – especially with their friendship venturing into uncharted territory – but together, Amy and Roger will figure out how to map their way.

Morgan Matson is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors, but for some reason, I had never gotten around to reading Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour. I was surprised to find it for $4.00 at a used bookstore and even more surprised when I didn’t just let it sit on my shelf, gathering dust, for six months.

Amy & Roger felt different from the rest of Morgan Matson’s books, but I loved it so much. It’s a super slow-burn romance that mainly focuses on how Amy is dealing with the death of her father. I’ll admit that the premise isn’t exactly the most believable (Amy and Roger are sent on a cross-country road trip by their families), but you know what? I can get over it. This book was so cute.

One of my favorite things about this book was the playlists! There are so many playlists and they include songs from so many bands that I love. And there are so many songs I haven’t thought about in years, like Baby, It’s Fact by Hellogoodbye and Quietdrive’s cover of Time After Time and Beating Heart Baby by Head Automatica. I used to be obsessed with Head Automatica when I was in high school, so that was like a super throwback for me. It was great. Also, it made me so happy to see all the Jack’s Mannequin and Something Corporate songs that were included in this book. Basically, everything about the music featured in Amy and Roger’s playlists made me happy.

And now I want to talk about tropes. I kind of feel like I talk about tropes all the time and the whole book blogging universe probably knows that I adore friends-to-lovers and enemies-to-lovers, but one trope that I don’t think I ever really talk about is one bed. I am a sucker for this trope. It gets me every time. There’s just something so cute and just awkward enough about two people finding out they need to share one bed and oh my god, Amy and Roger have to unexpectedly share a bed so many times in this book. I loved it. I swooned each time.

But there was one thing that kept me from giving this book five stars, and this is me speaking as an adult who is probably at least ten years beyond this book’s intended audience: I could not get over the fact that Amy was in high school and Roger was in college. It’s not a big age difference, but I just feel like, even setting aside the possibly questionable legality of this relationship, there is such a huge difference in the maturity level of a high school student and someone in college. I doubt that this would’ve bothered me when I was Amy’s age, but as an adult, it just felt a little creepy to me.

Even with that one negative, though, I really loved this book. I was looking for a cute contemporary when I picked it up and that’s exactly what I got. Morgan Matson never disappoints and I would absolutely recommend this book.

#mm18: family

Previously: Since You’ve Been Gone • The Unexpected Everything • Save the Date


Have you read Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour? Have you ever done a cross-country road trip?
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