This week’s Top 5 Wednesday, hosted by the Good Reads Group is: Characters You’d Want at Friendsgiving. I decided to change it up a little to: Bookbloggers/Book Friends I’d Want at Friendsgiving. I always feel a little uncomfortable about these type of posts because I follow a lot of blogs, I love so many bloggers, and I don’t want to leave someone out. So, I could make a really long list for this, but I’m capping it at 5 in the spirit of Top 5 Wednesday and including people whose friendships have gone beyond the blog – whether we have met in person, e-mailed, or had long Twitter DMs (about books or life). And, by the way, if you’re not already following these wonderful ladies, you totally should!
1. Deanna @ A Novel Glimpse
2. Brandie @ Running on Words and Wine
3. Sarah @ The Aroma of Books
4. Annie @ The Misstery
5. Amanda – Not a bookblogger, but a book friend I met through blogging
Which book lovers would you want at your friendsgiving? Feel free to leave links to their blogs (if they have one).
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday, hosted by the Good Reads group, is: Books You Want to Read Before 2019: Our Goodreads goals are quickly closing in. What are you prioritizing for the end of the year? I surpassed my Good Reads goal awhile ago (yay me!). Lately I’ve been having a hard time to find time to read, so I’m going to prioritize the library books I want to read before they expire – and also the ARCS I’ve recently been approved for.
1. Pride by Ibi Zoboi
2. Marriage of Inconvenience by Penny Reid
3. Kiss Her Goodbye by Susan Gee
4. For Better and Worse by Margot Hunt
5. I Owe You One by Sophie Kinsella
What books do you want to read by the end of the year?
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday, hosted by the Good Reads group, is: Largest Books on my TBR. I noticed that a great deal of books on my TBR have “unknown” listed as page numbers, so this may not be entirely accurate. I also thought it was kind of funny that I don’t even remember adding most of these to my TBR. I guess the page number really has intimidated me away from them.
1. Queen of Air and Darkness (The Dark Artifices #3) by Cassandra Clare. 720 pages.
2. Helter Skelter: The True Story of the Manson Murders by Vincent Bugliosi and Curt Gentry. 689 pages.
3. The Black Prison (Lightbringer #1) by Brent Weeks. 629 pages.
4. Obsidio (The Illuminae Files #3) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff. 615 pages.
5. Where Rainbows End by Cecelia Ahern. 585 pages.
What are some of the longest books on your TBR?
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is a freebie, so I decided to go with my Biggest Disappointments of 2018 (So Far).
1. My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies #2) by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows. I absolutely loved My Lady Jane and I had such high expectations for My Plain Jane. However, I thought the humor was forced, I was not at all into the Jane Eyre-Ghostbusters mash-up, and didn’t really care for any of the characters.
2. Restore Me (Shatter Me #4) by Tahereh Mafi. I had really enjoyed the original trilogy when I first read them and always felt there was potential for more story there. However, instead of moving the story forward very much, Mafi just retreads old ground and took away almost all the progress Juliette and Warner made.
3. Paper Ghosts by Julia Heaberlin. Black-Eyed Susans is one of my favorite books and I’ve been looking forward to more from Heaberlin ever since reading it. Unfortunately, Paper Ghosts didn’t come close to meeting my expectations. The main character was not only unlikable, but her total ineptitude after constantly talking about how well trained she was was baffling.
4. The Isaac Project by Sarah Monzon. I hyped myself on this book years ago after one really great review. Earlier this year it finally was offered free for a limited time on Kindle and I was so excited to snatch it up. Unfortunately, lackluster writing and a really unlikable main character kept it from living up to it’s potential.
5. The Date by Louise Jensen. I have seen nothing by wonderful things about Louise Jensen books and I was excited to finally read one. I was so sad this one didn’t live up to the hype at all for me. A pretty cliched storyline and a “twist” I saw coming a mile away is going to make me think twice before picking up another book by her.
What are some of your biggest disappointments of 2018?
I wasn’t really interested in today’s Top 5 Wednesday prompt, so I decided to borrow a topic I missed from when I was on hiatus. So for me, today’s topic is: Favorite Romance Novels. Straight up romance novels aren’t usually ones I reach for very often, but there are a few that I love.
1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne. I love almost everything about this book. It’s so funny and cute.
2. Dating You / Hating You by Christina Lauren. Can you tell I like Hate-to-Love stories?
3. Walk of Shame by Lauren Layne. Honestly, I could list pretty much every Lauren Layne book I’ve read. They’re always so cute.
4. Wrong Brother, Right Match by Jennifer Shirk. This book reminded me so much a Hallmark Christmas movie.
5. The Best Man by Kristan Higgins. Kristan Higgins is my definite go-to for romance novels and this is just one of my many favorites by her. She appears to be shifting her focus over to Women’s Fiction, which at first really annoyed me, even though they’re just as good as her romances. I’m coming around to it, though.
What are some of your favorite romance novels?
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday is: Books You Didn’t Get to In 2017. These are books you didn’t end up getting to in 2017, but really want to prioritize in 2018.
1. Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo.
2. All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater.
3. Best Day Ever by Kaira Rouda.
4. Lie to Me by J.T. Ellison
5. Stillhouse Lake by Rachel Caine.
What 2017 books do you still need to read?
This week’s Top 5 Wednesday, hosted by the Good Reads group, is: 2018 Wishlist – Looking forward into the new year, this is a list of the types of books you’d like to see more of in 2018! Try to avoid actual titles, and discuss themes, genres, or tropes you’d like to see more of in the new year!
1. Books w/in books. What’s better than reading one book? Reading two! This year I’ve read a couple of books that did this really well (Lies She Told by Cate Holahan and The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter) and I would love to read more like them.
2. Realistic Christian characters. Most of the time if a mainstream book includes a “Christian” character it portrays them as some kind of hypocritical psycho. And sure there are lots of people who claim to be Christians who really are hypocritical psychos, but there are many genuine people out there, as well. In 2018 I’d like to see more of the genuine people. I thought Amy Harmon did this really well with Making Faces.
3. Well-written twists and surprises (that actually surprise me). I feel like I can almost always predict the twist in books these days and in 2017 I was pleasantly surprised by several books (such Daisy in Chains by Sharon Bolton, One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus and The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen – which actually publishes in 2018).
4. Fake Relationships. This is my favorite romance trope and I am always on the look out for a good fake relationship story. This year’s favorite was When It’s Real by Erin Watt.
5. Alternative Formatting. Sometimes this annoys me because I read e-books about 95% of the time and lots of alternative formatting makes things unreadable, but I do love them in physical format. Even though I wasn’t blown away by the actual story, I really loved the formatting for Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman.
What type of books are on your 2018 Wishlist?