Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Summer Reads

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! For this last week of May, Shanah came up with a really fun topic to hopefully springboard us into summer. Personally, I really enjoy spring and summer as I like to swim, eat food off the grill, and read outside. As far as quarantine goes, reading outside has been one of my favorite activities. Before I get into my picks, let me just say that I got sunburnt on one arm while reading my Kindle…what an absolute fail by me lmao.

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5. There’s Something About Sweetie

I rarely talk about this book and it’s a shame. I really do enjoy Sandhya Menon’s Dimple & Rishi series which is where this book is set. It follows Rishi’s little brother, Ashish and the relationship he has with Sweetie, who is fat. While the book focuses on those two, Sweetie is easily the best part of this book and it focuses a lot on her especially her relationship with her mother. While it has some intense moments, I think it’s such a cute and funny read for summer. Plus I know I read this one by the pool so it was an easy pick.

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4. The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls

Speaking of books I never talk about, The Last Summer of the Garrett Girls should be the book at the very top. I read this two summers ago and haven’t really talked about it much since. This book follows four sisters and it’s basically the summer before everything in their lives changes. Each sister is given their own storyline and it’s interesting to see how the summer plays out for them. Personally, I don’t remember much about this but I remember thinking how much I loved the relationship between the sisters and how much I enjoyed being outside, reading it.

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3. I Love You So Mochi

I’m not sure if you’re sensing a theme here but I really think light and fluffy books are the names of the game when it comes to summer. In particular, I think I Love You So Mochi is the perfect summer read. This one follows Kimi as she goes to Japan to visit her grandparents who have a strained relationship with her mother. It’s basically about her going there, growing as a person, exploring Japan, meeting a boy and realizing a lot of things about life. It’s cute and fun without much of a plot but is one I’d recommend if you want a cute summer read.

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2. This Adventure Ends

Once again, I knew I had to include an Emma Mills book. This book I chose is This Adventure Ends which follows Sloane as she joins a group of friends and the lengths she goes through for them. I don’t want to give too much away about this one, but it’s just so good. Personally, I enjoyed all of the characters, their relationships, and everything about Sloane’s dad. This book is just so fun and enjoyable while still having a decent amount of substance to it. Plus that cover just screams summer to me for some reason. Lol

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1. Well Met

Last but not least, I wanted to include a romance book. The book I chose is Well Met by Jen DeLuca. This book follows two characters who hate each other IRL but are a couple during the Renaissance fair. It’s such a unique premise and one that had me smiling the entire time I was reading. While we do get some intense subject matter especially with the MC’s sister, I really think this one is perfect for summer. While I don’t think I’ve ever been to a Renaissance fair, it gives me such summer vibes. If you’re looking for a cute and fun romance, then this one should be on your summer TBR. 🙂


I tried to do a list with a multitude of different age ranges, but I think most of my list ended up being YA. Either way, I think YA contemporaries and basically all romance books are my favorite types of reads for summer. Then again, I love romance all the time so this list shouldn’t surprise anyone that much. 😛

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Opening Lines

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! This week’s prompt is one I’m mildly excited about as I have to look through my bookshelves and find books. Other than that, I’m excited to talk about my favorite opening lines from books. Then again, all of the books on my shelves are books I love and want to keep so it shouldn’t be hard. Either way, let’s get into my top 5 opening lines.

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For the sake of my list, I’ll be referring to the opening lines of chapter 1. While a few of these books do have a prologue, I’m going to go with line 1 from chapter 1.

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5. “The king, it turned out, was dying.”

Even if you haven’t read My Lady Jane, I’m sure you know what this is referring to. In a lot of ways, it’s the catalyst for all the events in the story. Personally, I think it’s a great way to start the story. While it’s more realistic than anything, it gets the reader hooked and I think that’s what these three authors are great at. I don’t know how but Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows are just excellent at retelling stories of historical figures. If you haven’t read My Lady Jane, that’s a little taste of where you’re going to start.

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4. “Rhiannon Hunter worshipped at the altar of no man.”

Considering this is a romance book, it’s a weird place to start. Either way, I think it does a great job of setting up Rhiannon’s character. She’s a hard-worker and she doesn’t care what anyone thinks about it. Rather, Rhiannon is her own woman and Alisha Rai makes it known from the very beginning. While things do change with her romantic situation, I think Alisha does a great job of keeping Rhiannon true to herself.

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3. “People have called me crazy.”

In a book entitled Kill The Boy Band, what better way to start? I don’t really have much to say about this first line. Basically, if you’ve read Kill The Boy Band, the word crazy comes up a lot especially in relation to fangirls. This book explores that notion and even throws it on its head, too. I won’t go into much more but if you’ve read Kill The Boy Band, you know how perfect this is.

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2. “For the first three years, it’s fun being a pro football player’s girlfriend.”

Ok, so these first lines are probably just iconic to me and only me lmao. Anyways, I think this is the perfect way to kick-off Intercepted. The entire series is basically about WAGS (Wives and Girlfriends) of professional athletes. It also sets up how tough it can be and how it’s fun at first until reality starts setting in. I love this series so this opening line always makes me happy every time I read it.

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1. “Once upon a time, Chloe Brown died.”

If you’ve been following me, there’s no way I couldn’t include a Talia Hibbert book in my top spot. Since the only one I physically own is Get A Life, Chloe Brown, it had to be this one. This is the perfect way to start this book since the next line is just as good. Plus this first line is the entire catalyst for the plot of this one. If you haven’t read it, then please do so as that first line should have you intrigued enough. Plus as soon as I saw this line, I knew it had to be the first book on my list.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Worst Rulers

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! Welcome to another Tuesday and this week, we’re talking about the worst rulers. This one was a little bit tough for me, but I think I finally figured out a solid list. Last week was a piece of cake for me so this feels like a little bit of payback for that. Lol, either way, let’s get into my picks.

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5. Cardan

I feel like I’m going to either have people completely agreeing with me or telling me I’m absolutely dead wrong. For me though, I think Cardan was a horrible king. He didn’t care about his people or what was best for them. He worked in self-interest and basically did whatever Jude wanted. While it made for an appealing romance, it didn’t exactly make for a good king. With how Queen of Nothing ended though, I think things might end up getting a little bit better.

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4. Warren Cade

The next person isn’t really a ruler, but rather the CEO and owner of a company. In The Kingmaker, we start the story by meeting Warren Cade, the owner of Cade Energy. He’s the major villain in the story as he’s deciding to put a pipeline on sacred Native American lands. He doesn’t appear as much in the story aside from being the worst person alive. Even though I’ve only read the first book, I’m sure he’s going to continue to be a terrible human in the next book. Lol

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3. Legend

I’ll be honest, I’ve only read the first book in this series. Either way, I’m super skeptical of Legend and don’t think the story will show him in a better light. Not only did he trick Scarlett, “kidnap” her sister and take her on a wild goose chase, he just doesn’t seem like the best guy. While we didn’t actually meet him in the first book (if I’m remembering right!), it’s going to be bonkers when we do. Maybe I’m being too hard on him, but him running the entire thing has been disastrous in the past and I’m sure the rest of the series will prove that.

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2. Levana

No list of horrible rulers would be complete without Levana. Levana is the absolute worst as she destroys anyone in her path. I don’t want to give away too many spoilers but her list of terrible deeds is never-ending. I especially hated how she treated her husband and what she did to him. That’s not to mention what she did to Cinder as a child along with the battle that ensues later. Overall, Levana is one of the worst rulers who had the potential to be great but wasted it.

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1. President Snow

Do I even really need to explain this one? Right now, Ellyn and I are buddy-reading The Hunger Games and I forgot how horrible President Snow is. I especially hate the way he targets Katniss as she’s trying to help people. I’m also super annoyed that Suzanne Collins is focusing the prequel on him. Even though I’m going to read it, I’m not happy about it. Without getting into too much detail, Snow is the worst and I can’t wait to finally conclude this series so I remember what happens to him. Lol

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Cute Romances

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I’ve been eagerly waiting to do this topic because it is screaming my name. As someone who loves romance, this is perfect for me. I don’t want to give too much info as I already have ideas so let’s get into my picks ❤

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5. Claudia and Gideon

No list of cute romances would be complete without Foolish Hearts, at least to me. I’m about to reread this during this month so I’m excited. Anyways, I love the romance between Claudia and Gideon. While it isn’t the main focus on the story, it’s a little more in the background and it’s so cute. It’s nice to see the two grow from friends to being more than that. While things don’t wrap up for them until the very end, it’s adorable. Their romance is also relatively drama-free aside from one incident, too.

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4. Xeni and Mason

Rebekah Weatherspoon is the queen of writing adorable romances. This book follows a marriage of convenience between Xeni and Mason. While at first, it takes some time for them to warm up to each other, it’s incredible when they do. Watching how they open up to each other and grow to love each other was precious. Things get kind of sticky as the book goes on especially towards the end. The conflict felt a little bit over-dramatic to me, but their romance wasn’t. Their romance was an unconventional one in the best way.

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3. Billie and Vero

This is the most recent romance to make my list. Despite its short length, Undone follows the romance between Billie, a song-writer, and Vero, the girl she’s writing songs for. The two are in completely different genres so they do clash a little bit. However, things quickly start to progress and heat up between the two. Once again, this is another case of the relationship being a tad overdramatic but still cute. These two are musicians so it’s nice to see how music is woven into their story and how it ultimately ends up being a huge part of their love.

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2. Chloe and Red

Another staple of my lists is Talia Hibbert. She’s easily my new favorite romance author and all of her couplings make me swoon. Deciding on one was tough but I’m going with Chloe and Red. These two couldn’t be more opposite but somehow, they make it work especially considering what happened. Chloe is a prickly person and she’s able to open up to Red who is so patient and sweet. Once again, this does feature a little bit of angst but their relationship makes up for it.

What makes their romance so special is how they make each other better. Being together makes them better people. That’s so rare to see especially in life. Either way, these two are one of my favorite fictional couples.

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1. Reggie and Gus

Last but certainly not least is Reggie and Gus from Can’t Escape Love. While I do love Alyssa Cole’s Reluctant Royals series, this romance from a novella is my favorite. Even though their timeline isn’t as long as everyone else’s, their romance is precious. We get to see how they originally met and basically how their relationship blossomed. These two met in an unorthodox way but Cole makes it work. No doubt most of us would love to find a guy the way Reggie did.

What makes them so cute is how quickly they realize their feelings for each other. They don’t play games and both feel such intense things for each other. Honestly, it’s been forever since I’ve read this but I remember loving it. I only wish we had more time with them as they only got a novella. Either way, these two are top-tier when it comes to cute romances.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Series I Want to Start

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I feel like this post is calling me out because there is a lot of series I want to start. Thankfully so far this year, I’ve finished a few. As someone who prefers standalone, series aren’t really something I gravitate toward but there are a few series I do plan on reading eventually. With that being said, let’s get into my five picks.

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5. Slice series

The first series I know I want to start is the Slice series by Teagan Hunter. After Ellyn picked a Teagan Hunter book for me in January, I’ve become a big fan. Earlier this month, I read the second book in the Texting series and enjoyed it. Teagan Hunter has such a modern and fun writing style which I love. That’s why I knew I had to include her Slice series as it’s hopefully going to be similar. I think these books are set in a pizza restaurant and they’re all romances which sounds amazing.

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4. Disney’s Twisted Tales series

One series I’ve been wanting to read for years is the Twisted Tales series which is basically retellings of famous Disney movies. In the case of As Old As Time, this book is a retelling of Beauty and The Beast in which Belle’s mother is one who curses the beast which is incredibly unique. Thus far, Liz Braswell has retold a lot of stories including Snow White, Frozen, Sleeping Beauty and Aladdin. I’m pretty sure there’s more on the way too so I’m excited to start this series and see if I like it.

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3. The Love Sisters series

Last year, I listened to Christina C. Jones’ Wright Brothers series and loved it. That’s why I knew I had to read more of her books. Jones has a handful of series currently out but the Love Sisters seems like it’s going be right up my alley. Similar to the Wright Brothers, this series is going to follow 3 sisters as they have their different romances which is one of my favorite things. Honestly, this series just seems so fun so I’m excited to finally start it.

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2. The Diviners series

I knew I had to feature another YA series on this list. With the last book in The Diviners series coming out recently, now’s a perfect time. As someone who never read anything by Libba Bray either, this is going to be interesting. All I know about this series is it’s set in New York in the 1920’s and features characters who have powers. I really don’t want to know much more as I’d like to go into it and be surprised. I’m pretty sure my library has all of these on audio so I might go the audiobook route with this one.

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1. The Winston Brothers series

I knew I had to include this one at the top spot. Last year, I talked about how this was one of the five books I wanted to read in 2020. Since then, I’ve been deciding when I want to pick it up. I’ve only read one book by Penny Reid and I didn’t like it. However, I’m excited to start this series since it’s popular and one I know a lot of people have loved. Plus I think this series follows six bearded brothers which are the dream?? Lmao anyways, I really do need to get a move on and start this series already. Lol

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Popular Books I Haven’t Read Yet

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! It’s another Top 5 Tuesday on my blog and this time, we’re talking about popular books we haven’t read yet. Usually, I stay away from incredibly hyped book so I feel like this list is going to be easy to do. I guess we’ll see so let’s get into my picks. 😀

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5. The Wall of Winnipeg and Me

The first book I chose is unsurprisingly a romance and more of an author rather than a book. I still have yet to read anything by Mariana Zapata and this one sounds like it’s going to be great. On Goodreads, this book has the most ratings and I know it’s an NFL romance. The main reason I haven’t read this one is that I’m intimidated as it’s almost 700 pages and super slow-burn. I’m sure I’ll probably like it but the idea of reading it just scares it lol.

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4. A Curse So Dark and Lonely

The second popular book I haven’t read is unsurprisingly a fantasy. I don’t read much fantasy and this is one I’ve heard a lot about. From what I’ve heard, A Curse So Dark and Lonely is a Beauty and the Beast retelling which I’m down for. I remember reading Beastly when I was younger and loving it. I’m sure they aren’t similar but I really do enjoy BATB retellings so this sounds like it could be right up my alley. Also, Jess from PeaceLoveBooks read it and said she loved it. She’s a huge romance reader so I knew it had to be bumped up my TBR.

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3. Renegades

Last year, Ellyn and I buddy-read The Lunar Chronicles together and I really enjoyed them so I’m excited to read more from Marissa Meyer. Since then though, I haven’t picked up anything else by her. I’ve heard really awesome things about her Renegades series and it’s incredibly popular. I know it focuses on superheroes so that would be something different for me. Maybe I can get Ellyn to buddy-read this with me too 😉

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2. Speak

This book is the one I’m most ashamed of not reading as it’s incredibly popular and one a lot of people have read. Tbh I don’t think I’ve ever read anything by Laurie Halse Anderson which is tragic. I’m pretty sure this book was one of the earliest YA books to tackle sexual assault and rape culture so it’s iconic in that respect. Either way, this book is one a lot of fellow bloggers and readers have picked up already. Nevertheless, this is a book I definitely plan on reading as soon as possible.

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1. Wilder Girls

The last book is one I’m sure most people would be surprised to see as far as books I’d like to read. At first, I thought this book was just overhyped but the more I hear about it, the more I want to read it. This book features girls who are quarantined on an island and they have to deal with this mysterious illness and try to save themselves. As someone who can’t quarantine because of my job, I don’t think it would affect me as much. Either way, I think this book sounds like it could be something I’d enjoy.

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Books That Made Me Laugh

Hello friends and fellow book lovers! I thought this was an excellent prompt for this month as a lot of us probably aren’t laughing right now. For the most part, it seems like everything is stressful. With that being said, I’m excited to talk about these books and hopefully, give some of my fellow bloggers some recommendations. 🙂

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5. How to Be Successful without Hurting Men’s Feelings: Non-threatening Leadership Strategies for Women

The first book I chose for my list had to be this one as it’s a complete satire of how women should “treat” men so they don’t hurt their feelings. In reality, it’s basically a guide on how men treat women in an office and it’s incredibly funny. While it might not be for everyone, it made me chuckle when I read it. I think I read it about a year ago but I remember how whip-smart the writing was and how the author made sure to use drawings to demonstrate which made it even funnier.

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4. The Unhoneymooners

The next book on my list is actually a romantic comedy. While this book is mostly a romance between our two characters, I think it’s also funny. Olive and Ethan really dislike each other so it’s funny to see how they pretend to be a couple. They also have a lot of hilarious banter between the two of them. While I do think the ending was a little bit “meh,” this is the perfect balance of both romance and comedy. Considering everything going on right now, this book will be exactly what you need if you’re isolating from everyone.

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3. Kill The Boy Band

The next book on my list is another fiction book and the last of my list. This book follows a group of girls who accidentally kidnap a member of a boy band and the fall-out from that. This book definitely isn’t for everyone as it features some dark humor. For me though, I thought it was super funny and incredibly unique with the topics it handled. I know that not every author could handle this but Goldy Moldavsky is one-of-a-kind. If you like dark humor and boy bands, then this book is a must-read.

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2. If You Ask Me (And of Course You Won’t)

The last two books on my list are non-fiction reads. The first is one of Betty White’s memoirs with this focusing on how she has a career resurgence within the last decade including the projects she’s worked on along with everything that happened in her life since she wrote her last book. While the book is pretty funny on its own, having Betty White narrate it makes for such an enjoyable experience. Personally, I found this book to be both delightful and funny if you’re able to get this from your library.

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1. Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, & Advice for Living Your Best Life

I honestly feel like I’m never going to stop talking about this book. Even though I just read it in March, it was just SO good. Maybe it’s because Ali Wong narrates the audiobooks and she’s funny, but this book made me laugh multiple times. I really like how Ali isn’t afraid to talk about unflattering things or share embarrassing facts to get her point across. Since she’s the author, she’s able to tell the story with a little bit more oomph than just a regular audiobook narrator. If you’re looking for a funny book, I’d highly recommend this one.

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