Top Ten Tuesday: Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

Each week The Broke and Bookish hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is “Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book”! As I began to think about this topic I realised that I have become very picky with what I choose to read, especially regarding books that instantly grab my attention. I just feel like there are too many books I want to read and I may never get a chance to get through them all in one lifetime!

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1. A Great Synopsis – This is kind of a no-brainer but if I pick up a book and the synopsis has already hooked me then I am sure to continue reading. The only time this becomes an issue is if something in the synopsis gets me excited but reviewers indicate that it doesn’t actually occur in the novel, that is always so disappointing!

2. The Author – I definitely have a few favourite authors and if they put something out I will read it. Doesn’t matter what it is, if they are trying out a new genre, or the synopsis is different I will read anything from my select few favourite writers.

3. Recommendations Online – If any of my wonderful goodread friends recommend something to me I can almost guarantee I will read it. I have some very thoughtful followers that have very similar tastes to me and if they give something 5 stars, it makes me want to read it too!

4. Recommendations from my Friends/Family – I have quite a few people in my life that read as much as me and I love getting recommendations from them. In particular, if my fiance’s mum and sister tell me to read something (or even better buy me books for my birthday/holidays) I will read it and most likely enjoy it!

5. Romance Novels where the hero is described as a “sweetheart” – Lately I have been drawn to romance novels (in any genre; YA, NA, Fantasy, Sci-fi etc.) where the hero is a complete and utter sweetheart. I have been getting a little sick of the whole “alpha male” thing in romance novels and if the hero is sweet I will read that in a heartbeat!

6. Canadian Authors – I have been trying to read more Canadian authors and novels set in Canada. Unless the synopsis is really bad I have been picking up more by Canadians.

7. Space Opera Genre – I have been OBSESSED with reading novels in the space opera genre and so far I have not turned away from one! Give me galactic space, fast romance and spicy drama, please!

8. Beautiful Prose – if my Goodreads friends or other reviewers online have indicated that the novel has amazing prose then I am pretty much guaranteed to read it. Even if the genre/synopsis doesnt intrigue me at first, I know the writing will suck me in.

9. Hype – This doesn’t always guarantee that I will read it but generally if I have heard a ton of buzz around a book I will try to read it (unless the synopsis is something I really dislike).

10. The Cover – I put this last on the list because although a great cover will draw me to the book if the synopsis isn’t interesting I may not read it. As silly as it sounds a great cover design is still important to me and can draw me into a book.

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I want to hear your thoughts! What things make you pick up a book? How do you decide what to read next?

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Top Ten Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would

birds-2Each week The Broke and Bookish hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would. I decided to go with books that I loved more than I thought I would. I will focus on books that I felt like, after reading many reviews and looking at the goodreads rating, that I liked more than other readers.

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10 Books I Loved More Than I Thought I Would

1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne –This book had quite a lot of hype surrounding it and I really wasn’t sure if it was going to be my cup of tea because chick-lit can be very hit-or-miss with me. Usually it is too cheesy but this was perfect. You can read my in-depth review by clicking here.

2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – Again, this had a ton of hype and Kasie West has quite a following. I thought this was very cute and liked it a lot more than I thought I would. You can read my in-depth review by clicking here.

3. Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This series really blew me away and I thought it would be like any other YA paranormal book but it was so well done. After reading many disappointing YA alien books I wasn’t sure if I would like it but it is an amazing series.

4. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee – I normally stay away from YA angel novels because I have just read so many bad ones in the past but this completely exceeded my expectations! You can read my in-depth review by clicking here.

5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare – This book has so much when it was first released that I was really worried I wouldn’t like it. Many people were comparing it to Harry Potter and Twilight so I really did not know what to expect. I am so glad I decided to pick it up though as it is one of my favourite series!

6. Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard – I have a serious love for anything in the ‘space opera’ genre, so when I saw this book I knew I had to read it but the premise wasn’t really that enticing to me. I am so glad I picked it up because it was really a great novel.

7. Cut & Run (Cut & Run, #1) by Abigail Roux & Madeline Urban – Ty and Zane have become one of my favourite m-m romance couples and I seriously love this entire series. I was really hesitant to pick it up because I normally don’t go for mystery and crime novels but this book was amazing.

8. Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy – This came randomly from the library one day and the premise looked interesting but I really didn’t know what to expect. I am so glad I decided to read it because it has become one of my favourite books.

9. For Finlay by J. Nathan – I received this book from NetGalley and while the premise looked interesting enough for me to request it I wasn’t really expecting much from this New Adult novel. It was way better than expected and you can read my in-depth review by clicking here.

10. The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole – I went into this thinking it would just another fun paranormal-romance read but I actually got really sucked into the world and stories that Cole created. Although the romance was very well done (and very steamy!) the plot also grabbed my interested and this series has been very good.

What are some book that surprised you? Anything you absolutely feel in love with or dislike with a passion? Tell me below in the comments!

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Top Ten Romance Tropes – Enemies to Lovers

Image result for heart iconEach week The Broke and Bookish hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is all about romance tropes/types! I decided to chose one of my guilty pleasures, the enemies to lover trope. Really nothing is better than having two characters butt heads with witty dialogue and a lot of sexual tension before they both realise how stubborn they’ve been all along and fall madly in love. *sigh*

It is, of course, Valentines Day today which is a holiday I have never really understood. Who wants to buy chocolate or flowers that are overpriced, or try to book reservations months in advanced at some overcrowded restaurant? This Valentines Day I plan on cuddling with my fiance on the couch in a mountain of blankets, eat cookies I baked and watch ‘You’ve Got Mail’.

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1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne –I feel like I must start this list off with naming the biggest enemies to lovers book of 2016. The chemistry between Lucy and Josh in this book is amazing.Their highly witty hateful banter becomes even better sexual tension that was so much fun to read. I actually really enjoyed their arguing in the beginning. I know some other readers saw it as childish, and it was, but it was also so hilarious. I loved all of Lucy’s jabs where she insinuates that Josh is the devil, and lives “close to earth’s core”.

2. P.S. I Like You by Kasie West – I don’t want to give too much away, as the love interest is supposed to be somewhat of a secret when you begin this book but you can read my review here.

3. Obsidian (Lux, #1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout – This was one of those books where you almost can’t explain why you love the male love interest so much. Daemon is a huge jerk towards Katy who already has a tough go of life after being forced to move to a new town after her dad dies. Daemon is just so overly confident and egotistical but somehow makes it sexy and you want him and Katy to get together so badly!

4. Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days, #1) by Susan Ee – When Penryn sees a single feather floating in the sky, suddenly everything changes, and with an unlikely partnership with the enemy she fights to get her sister back.  Angels are regarded as the enemy in this dystopian book and Raffe is no exception. Although this is YA and nothing steamy happens I loved reading about Penryn and Raffe’s uneasy relationship. You can read my full review here.

5. City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare – Jace Wayland…oh boy. I think he wins the award for the most egotistical and overly confident character in my list. Even more than Daemon! The love/hate relationship between Jace and Clary was so fun to read.

6. Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard – I have a very special place in my heart for ‘space opera-sci-fi-romance’ type books. Add in the enemies to lovers trope and you have a winner. I was really expecting the whole “I fell in love with my kidnapper” Stockholm-syndrome type formula but it didn’t fall into the typical traps you would expect.

7. Cut & Run (Cut & Run, #1) by Abigail Roux & Madeline Urban – Ty and Zane may be my new favourite couple of 2o17! There is definitely no ‘insta-love’ in this novel as Ty and Zane spend most of it arguing and fighting (both verbal and physical!). I have never read a more convincing novel of two characters that absolutely loathe each other and somehow that turns into something more.

8. Song of Scarabaeus by Sara Creasy – The premise of this was just so good. Edie finds herself in another form of servitude when she is “attached” to Finn, meaning that if she dies, he dies. And if she gets too far away from him, he dies as well. He is her bodyguard from then on, protecting her from any attacks, as she is highly sought after for her special ability as a “cyberteck” who manipulates technology with her hands and can create “life” on inhabitable planets.

The romance was a nice slow build. If you are expecting sexy times right away you will be disappointed but the wait is SO worth it. I kept picturing Finn as Tom Hardy from the Mad Max movie. Stoic, calm, with a violent dark inner turmoil, but also a surprisingly sweet side that we see with his interactions with Edie as their relationship builds.

9. For Finlay by J. Nathan – Finlay lived her entire life in the shadow of her older brother, football star Cole Thatcher. When her brother suddenly dies she tries to live his dreams. She moves to a new town to work for the Alabama college football team which means working beside the new quarterback Caden Brooks. She has reasons to hate him for taking her brother’s place on the Alabama team but soon hatred turns into sexual tension as neither of them can deny the strong attraction they feel. You can read the rest of my review here.

10. The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole – Ending the list off with this a romantica novel, and holey-moley guacamole this is not for the faint-hearted! The sex scenes are REALLY steamy. Like, really really steamy haha.

What are some of your favourite enemies to lovers books? Or do you have a different romance trope that you absolutely love? Tell me below in the comments!

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Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016

Each week The Broke and Bookish  hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read For The First Time In 2016! This year I really stepped up my reading game and have read 140+ books so far, but we still have 26 days left until 2017! I went out of my comfort zone and tried quite a few new authors this year, so I have a lot to choose from. I am going to only choose new-to-me authors that I rated 4 or 5 stars so I can keep this list to ten! And without further ado:

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1. Elle Kennedy – I first read The Deal back on May 3 and since then I have read the rest of the series (4 books in total), two other novels she did with Sarina Bowen (Him & Us) and I have my eyes set on the Heat of the Moment (Out of Uniform, #1) series, Body Check, and the Midnight Rescue (Killer Instincts, #1) series. I have a feeling I will be reading a lot more of Elle Kennedy in 2017! She never ceases to amaze me with her fresh and realistic dialogue, funny characters and interesting plots. I feel in love with the Off-Campus series and in the final book Kennedy mentioned a spin-off series that I am already so excited for even though nothing official has been announced yet. Here’s to hoping in 2017!

2. Lauren Blakely – I feel like I am behind the times as I had never read anything by Blakely until this year. She has a hit series called Caught Up in Us that I am interested in reading but this year I tried the Night After Night (Seductive Nights, #1) series and I was hooked! In 2017 I expect I will be reading Big RockMister O, and her other successful series.

3. Rachel Bach – So at the beginning of 2016 I discovered a new genre that I had never heard of before called “Space Opera”. I am not sure exactly how I stumbled upon it but it really combined my love of sci-fi, badass chicks, and romance. The first book I read in this genre was Bach’s Fortune’s Pawn (Paradox #1) which I read on Jan 18. I read Honor’s Knight (Paradox #2) on Jan 22, and I am hoping to finish the series in 2017. It feel a little to the wayside as I kept discovering more novels in this genre.

4. Sara Creasy – Another new author to me in the Space Opera genre wrote Song of Scarabaeus and this novel completely blew me out of the water. I have yet to read the second novel in this series and it looks like Creasy hasn’t been writing much (from what I can see on goodreads) but I really hope she publishes something else because she has real talent. Her last comment on goodreads was back in 2015, she says she is working on a new science fiction adventure/romance and there’s also the possibility of a third Scarabaeus so I really hope she announces something in 2017!

5. Linnea Sinclair – This author has been around for a while now, Gabriel’s Ghost (Dock Five Universe #1) was first published in 2002! And I just got around to discovering her 14 years but better late than never. I absolutely loved Gabriel’s Ghost, so much that I instantly read her other novel Games of Command. This author hasn’t published anything since 2010 (her last publication was 2013 but she has only done compilations and a self-help writing book since 2010). Her previous novels will keep me busy for a while but hopefully she has been working on a new series!

6. Thea Harrison – I feel like everyone and their dog has read Dragon Bound (Elder Races, #1) already, as it was published in 2011 but this is my first introduction to the author. Dragon Bound was so unique and wonderfully written, with great humour, romance and action. I can’t wait to read what else Harrison has!

7. Mary Frame – This up-and-coming author published the Imperfect Chemistry series back in 2014 but I had only discovered her now. She is still fairly new, having only published four novels in total but I will be keeping my eye on her in 2017.

8. Monica Murphy – This author already has five different series in the works and I read the One Week Girlfriend (One Week Girlfriend, #1) which surprised me at how good it was. The cover of this novel is very cutesy chick-lit, but the novel itself if quite angsty and dark. I can’t wait to read the rest of the series!

9. Krista & Becca Ritchie – these authors, who are incidentally identical twins, already have quite the collection of series. Kobo had a sale and I was able to pick up Addicted to You (Addicted, #1) and I was immediatley hooked! The story is very unique and I am excited to read what else these twins have written!

10. Catherine Gilbert Murdock – I was very late in the game reading Dairy Queen, but I am so glad I took a chance on it, even though it was published back in 2006 and the cover was not very appealing. It ended up being a very complex and wonderful story, and I am excited to keep reading the rest of the series in 2017!

Have you discovered a new author this year? Tell me below in the comments!

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Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After

Each week The Broke and Bookish  hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is Ten Characters I’d Name A Child/Dog/Cat/Car/Etc. After! This topic was so appealing to me because I am one of those people that collects names. I love names, especially unique and quirky ones! So in no particular order:

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1. Pressia from Pure by Julianna Baggott – I really loved Pressia in the Pure series but her name always felt a little “off” to me, probably because I picture this as a perfect name for one of those white persian cats with the really stuck-up faces!

2. Ismae from Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers – I just love this name (and character) and would definitely name my hypothetical daughter this.

3. Piggy from The Lord of The Flies by William Golding – Oh poor Piggy. I used to volunteer at a dog shelter and we had a little pink coloured American Staffordshire Terrier come in that we dubbed “Piggy” and it was such perfect name.

4. Holden from The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger – Hopefully this would not turn my hypothetical son into an angsty teen but this name is so perfect.I think Holden is one of those classic names that will never go out of style. If not my son, then at least it would a good name for my car which gives me lots of angst.

5. Chapman from Rule of the Bone by Russell Banks – This novel is a modern version of the Catcher in the Rye and I think Chapman or Chappie would also make a great name for a car/teenager that causes you angst.

6.Bokonon from Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut – If I had a cat this would be such a fun name (Boko for short!) as Bokononism is the made-up religion in Vonnegut’s novel, which has to do with peace of mind and living a good life. Also common, a cat named Bokonon from Cat’s Cradle? Eh eh? good pun? No, just me?

7. Seraphina from Seraphina by Rachel Hartman – Simply put I just think this is a really pretty name and easy to pronounce for a hypothetical daughter.

8. Finnikin from Finnikin of the Rock (Lumatere Chronicles #1) by Melina Marchetta – I love love love this name for a dog! He would be called Finn for short. Finn is such a strong character and hero in Marchetta’s series, I feel like it would be the perfect name for my little fur-hero! I have a dog named Rocko and I have been thinking of getting him a companion and I will definitely be using this name.

9. Oryx and Crake from Oryx and Crake (MaddAddam #1) by Margaret Atwood – This would be a perfect set if you adopted two pets at the same time…I am picturing when I was younger the fishes I always had. I love this book and the crazy world Atwood created and these names are unique and wonderful.

10. Penryn and Raffe from Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee – And lastly, again two sets of names from the same novel because I am indecisive like that! Both these names are so unique and I could definitely see naming either children or pets after them.

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Top Ten Tuesday – New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Each week The Broke and Bookish  hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This week’s topic is Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013! I am going to try to make a list of authors who debuted in 2013 but I will also add authors who are new to me but ones maybe you have read before. So in no particular order:

1. Leila Howland – I read Nantucket Blue back in September and it is Leila’s debut album. I thought the book was very well done, I really connected with all the characters and even though I was a bit late, a perfect breezy summer read. Nantucket Red is currently being written and I am very excited to see where this series goes!

2. April Genevieve Tucholke – This is another author whose debut novel I read this year. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea was a perfectly creepy gothic fantasy and I feel absolutely in love with all the characters. You can read my review here. I am really excited to see where this series goes as well, Between the Spark and the Burn is coming out in August 2014.

3. Katja Millay – The Sea of Tranquility was published in 2o12 but I did not get a chance to read it until February 2013. I cannot stress enough how much I loved this book! It is the first stand-alone novel I had read in a looong time but I wish it hadn’t ended! I actually had goosebumps while reading this. Unfortunately on Katja’s goodreads page there are no new novels posted and The Sea of Tranquility is really the only thing she has done. It was beautifully written and heartbreaking and I think Katja has some serious talent so keep your eyes open for any new publications by her, I know I am!

4. Jennifer Rush – her debut series called Altered was really fun to read. It is a sci-fi mystery thriller that I didn’t expect to like as much as I did but that characters were really compelling and I read the whole thing beginning to end in one sitting!  The next novel Erased is coming out in January 2014 (eek only a month away!) and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

5. Kasie West – another debut author with Pivot Point. This novel was written in a really interesting style that I have never seen in YA before (although I am sure it exists somewhere…).  The main male character in this novel is easily one of my favourites (along with Tucker from the Unearthly series). Kasie has two novels coming out in 2014, the second novel in the series called Split Second and a new stand-alone novel called On the Fence, which sounds pretty cute.

6. Leigh BardugoShadow & Bone is Bardugo’s debut novel from 2012 which literally blew me away. The writing was impeccable and each and every characters was well crafted. The world building is also one of the best I have ever read, I actually could visualize the fantasy world that the main character Alina lived in. I literally cannot wait to read Siege and Storm!

7. Susan Ee – Her novel Angelfall was published in 2011 but the second book of the series, World After came out in November of this year, I haven’t even had a chance to read it! You can read my review for Angelfall here.

8. C.J RedwineDefiance was C.J Redwine’s debut novel in 2012 but I didn’t get a chance to hear about it until 2013. I wasn’t completely impress with this novel, I found the world building to be really weak (although ‘Baalboden’ is a cool name for a town!) but I have heard that the second book of the series gets much, much better! So I will definitely be giving Redwine another chance in 2014!

9. Gina Rosati – I enjoyed Gina’s debut novel Auracle which was about astral projection, a subject I had never read before. Although some parts were predictable and characters were cliche, Gina’s writing is very smooth and makes you overlook any flaws. I am excited to see what she comes up with next!

10. Elizabeth Norris – Although the Unravelling series dates back to 2012, this year was the first time I got to read any of Norris’ work. This popular alien/fantasy series was fun to read and Norris has a new novel coming out in 2015 called When I Wake that is quoted as being “Winter’s Bone meets Boardwalk Empire”. Interesting!

Hope you enjoyed my list of new-ish authors! What are some of your favourite new and debuting authors of 2013?

Top Ten Tuesday – Best/Worst Movie Adaptations

Each week The Broke and Bookish  hosts a Top Ten Tuesday based on a chosen literary topic. This weeks topic is Top Ten best and worst movie adaptions! So here is my list without further ado broken up into the best 5 and the worst 5.

The Best:

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1. The Lord of the Rings series (and the Hobbit too!) – I read these books when I was 13 and I never thought it could or would ever be turned into a movie. There was a really crappy animated version that I watched when I was even younger which is just awful. Peter Jackson took a richly complex and wonderful story and really made it entertaining for the first time! I have to admit that my boyfriend and I watch TTT and RoTK a lot. Maybe too much?
And I really enjoyed the Hobbit. I was really excited when it came out but I was worried how such a short children’s book could be spread into a 3 hour, 3 part movie series but I loved how Jackson added a lot of additional information, some which came from the history of middle earth, another series finished by Tolkien’s son. I am a total nerd for all things LoTR, I can still remember being in junior high and watching the movie 5 times in the theatres! That is 15 hours happily spent 🙂

2. The Hunger Games – I was pleasantly surprised at how good the adaptation was. Sure, it wasn’t perfect and there were a few big flaws (such as missing characters and important scenes) but overall I enjoyed it and I am excited for Catching Fire to come out!

3. Pride and Prejudice – this was another surprise for me because this book is such a classic but Matthew MacFadyen plays the most perfect Darcy. Keira Knightley also seems a perfect cast for Elizabeth and I think great characters is the most important element for this adaptation to work. I even like the TV series with Colin Firth but the 2005 adaptation

4. The Harry Potter series – I think individually the movies have a lot of flaws but I think each movie got better and better and the final 2 were done extremely well. Yes, there was  a lot left out and changes made that didn’t really work but overall I found the whole movie series enjoyable and who doesn’t love Emma Watson? Hermione was played out perfectly in my eyes!

5. Fight Club This isn’t a YA book (far from it) but I thought the movie was very entertaining even though it didn’t stick too closely to the novel. Palahniuk is a hard writer to follow, I was surprised when I first found out they were making this novel into a movie but it was really well done. They couldn’t have picked a better cast with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton.

The Worst:

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6. Beastly – I didn’t have high expectations for this one but it was truely awful. The whole premise was ruined because the main character wasn’t even a beast! He just had some tattoos on his face. Ooooh scary!

7. Beautiful Creatures – This is a little unfair because I barely gave this movie a chance. I did not like the book so did I expect the movie to be any better? In one word: No. No it was not better.

8. Twilight – I was one of those people who really did not enjoy the movie. But common, Edward looked like a sparkly princess and Kristen Steward had zero emotion.

I can’t think of 2 more but notice a theme here? Must stay away from all black covers when watching book adaptations!

Here are also some novels they are planning on making into movies in the next few years:
The ones with * at the end are ones I am excited for

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments #1) by Cassandra Clare *

The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan *

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Vampire Academy by Rachelle Mead *

The Maze Runner by James Dashner *

Divergent by Veronica Roth *

and others that are in development (which I think means they could not be made) are Shiver, Fallen, Uglies, Before I Fall, and The Raven Boys.

Think any of the books above that are being made into movies are a mistake or are you excited?
What are your best and worst adaptations?