This weeks Top Ten Tuesday prompt is books that make me smile. One thing I am a sucker for and that makes me smile is a good romance in a novel, so these are 10 romance/contemporary books with a seriously cute romance that had me cheesing!
Get A Life, Chloe Brown & Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
Heartstopper Vol 1 by Alice Oseman
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
The Kiss Quotient & The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Beach Read by Emily Henry
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I did a post nearly two years ago now about 5 books that I I read because of Booktube, and I figured why not do an updated version from the last 12 months of another 5 books I have read because of my subscription box and what I thought about them!!
Beach Read by Emily Henry – This was a fantastic book. I went into it with the expectations that it would be a light fluffy contemporary yet it delves so much more into deeper topics and was quite thought provoking and touching. This was definitely a slow burn. There were various scenes that got me very eager to read on and find out whether or not January will get her happy ending! ⭐️5/5 stars
Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo – It was a little too info dumpy at the start of the book. For those first hundred or so pages it was really a struggle to get through. It was slower paced and there are just so many dates, code names, characters, rules and regulations as well as all the magical elements woven in as well. It was a lot more rooted into the historical elements of the houses and it kind of bored me. However, once I was settled into the story and the investigation about Tara’s death began the pacing definitely picked up and the action intensified. ⭐️3/5 stars
Get A Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert – This book was fantastic! It was fast paced, cute and quirky! One thing I appreciated about the book was the communication between the characters. If one of them was upset they would express that to each other and kind of work their way through all of their obstacles. I thought Chloe’s sisters were really distinct and funny. Again they were always making sure Chloe was ok and checking in on her and was very supportive of her and her chosen lifestyle. I’m really interested to hear more about them! ⭐️5/5 stars
House of Salt and Sorrow by Erin A. Craig – The pacing was a little bit off at times. The beginning I thought really captured my attention and was very engaging and then there were a few sections in the middle of the story that was a little harder to get through and then the ending felt a little rushed to me. It felt like everything was kind of exposed suddenly and then wrapped up equally suddenly. However, I really enjoyed this book. It ebbed and flowed and had me intrigued enough to finish it quite quickly! ⭐️3.5/5 stars
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin – I thought this book was cleverly done. I had heard it involved a witch and witch hunter being forcing to get married and I didn’t quite understand how it was going to happen, but the way the plot line played out it made sense. It wasn’t at all insta-lovey and there was definitely a period of hatred, turned to indifference, to mutual respect and then we started getting more feelings involved. It definitely progressed on the slower side of thing but I didn’t mind it. I thought the premise was highly original and the whole dichotomy between the witches and the different covens was fascinating to get into. ⭐️4/5 stars
This is my second instalment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2020. Every 3 months I will be looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favourites. Then at the end of the year I will compile my lists and pick my top 10 overall from the books I’ve selected where I will be going a little more in depth! If you want to check out my first quarterly reading recommendations for this year click HERE.
Beach Read by Emily Henry
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks
House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J Maas
Get a Life Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Furyborn by Claire Legrand
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos
City of Brass by S.A. Chakraborty
I’ve had a pretty good reading month! I participated in the Tome Topple readathon that went for about two weeks of the month and I did manage to finish 4 tomes during that time. One book in particular I have been meaning to read for over two years now so I was stoked I managed to get to it and LOVE it as well! Though reading these long books did kind of stall my usual pace for the month. I realise 12 books is still a massive achievement, I just feel like I didn’t read as much as I wanted to.
Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan – ⭐️4/5 stars
I Believe in a Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo – ⭐️3/5 stars
The Black Prism by Brent Weeks – ⭐️5/5 stars
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling – ⭐️5/5 stars
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire – ⭐️2/5 stars
Foundryside by Robert Jackson Bennett – ⭐️4/5 stars
A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara – ⭐️5/5 stars
Love from A to Z by S.K. Ali – ⭐️5/5 stars
Beach Read by Emily Henry – ⭐️5/5 stars
A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos – ⭐️4/5 stars
Dear Ava by Ilsa Madden-Mills – ⭐️3/5 stars
Beach Read follows January and Gus two authors that were rivals in college who end up being neighbours. They are currently both suffering from writers block so they come up with a bet to swap their respective genres and see who can get their book sold first.
This was a fantastic book. I went into it with the expectations that it would be a light fluffy contemporary yet it delves so much more into deeper topics and was quite thought provoking and touching.
I loved January’s character. I was drawn into her life from the first chapter and she kept me highly engaged throughout the course of the book. I found her to be highly relatable and her optimistic way she perceives life refreshing. Moving into that house and being forced to face what her father has done to her and how it has affected her life whilst also having run ins with Sonya was highly entertaining.
Gus I was a little hesitant about at the start. He didn’t really evoke any kind of emotion from me, he was too closed off and standoffish. Once he started opening up more to January and revealing his emotions and thoughts was when I started warming up to him. He definitely has an enigmatic nature to him that initially draws you in to his character but once we got more of his backstory with Naomi and even with Pete and Maggie he became a lot more well rounded and developed.
I loved the actually writing that took up a lot of time in the plot. The way they prioritised their work even though they were crazy for each other I think was very mature of them. I feel a lot of time in romance the main protagonist would just give up everything for their love interest and would of missed the deadline.
This was definitely a slow burn. There were various scenes that got me very eager to read on and find out whether or not January will get her happy ending!
⭐️5/5 stars I devoured this book!!!!