🎄Books I Hope to Find Under the Tree 🎄

This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is books that I hope to receive for Christmas this year! I don’t usually get a lot of books as presents but if I was to be gifted any I would love to get physical copies of books that I’ve read and loved but don’t own!

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Uprooted & Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin

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The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand

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Quarterly Reading Recommendation

This is my third installment of my quarterly reading recommendations for 2019. Every 3 months I will be looking over all the books I’ve read in that time and picking out my top 10 favorites. 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 second quarterly reading recommendations click HERE.

So in no particular order my reading recommendations for July-August-Sept are:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

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Aurora Rising by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

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Vow of Thieves by Mary E Pearson

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The Bride Test by Helen Hoang

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Birthday by Meredith Russo

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Ace of Shades by Amanda Foody

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The Flatshare by Beth O’Leary

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Sorcery of Thorns by Margaret Rogerson

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China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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Books I’ve Read but Don’t Own

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is books I’ve read but don’t own. Since I’ve started utilising my local library a lot more this year I’ve acquired a few books now that I have read but don’t own. I kind of have a mild obsession with owning all of the books that I’ve read, but I’ve started to restrict myself to only purchasing books I’ve rated 4/5 stars or higher. Just so I only own books that I know that I absolutely love! I’ve really cut down on just randomly purchasing books based on reviews without actually reading them first!

So these are 10 books I’ve read and rated 4 stars or higher that I will be purchasing soon:

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli & Adam Silvera

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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness

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Final Girls by Riley Sager

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Spinning Silver & Uprooted by Naomi Novik

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

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Fix Her Up by Tessa Bailey

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Somewhere Only We Know by Maurene Goo

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren

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Wilder Girls by Rory Power

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July Wrap Up

This month I was in the mood for a little steamy romance/smutty goodness, so I delved a little into that world and enjoyed what I encountered. I think because I was sick for the first few weeks of the month and I got into that weird little reading funk I didn’t want to have to focus too much on what I was reading and just picked something up that was easy and entertaining! Then in the last week of July the Reading Rush readathon was on and I managed to finish 7 books in that week. So overall July started off a little slumpy then as the month progressed I got my groove back and managed to have my best reading month so far this year… 21 books!

Josh and Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren – ⭐️5/5 stars

Romancing a Duke by Tessa Dare⭐️4/5 stars

A Night to Surrender by Tessa Dare⭐️4/5 stars

How to Catch a Wild Viscount by Tessa Dare⭐️3/5 stars

Hate Notes by Vi Keeland⭐️4/5 stars

From Lukov With Love by Mariana Zapata⭐️5/5 stars

A Nordic King by Karina Halle⭐️4/5 stars

Forbidden Miles by Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 Stars

Broken Miles by Claire Kingsley⭐️4/5 stars

Reckless Miles by Claire Kingsley – ⭐️4/5 stars

Hidden Miles by Claire Kingsley – ⭐️4/5 stars

Birthday by Meredith Russo – ⭐️5/5 stars

Pestilence by Laura Thalassa – ⭐️4/5 stars

War by Laura Thalassa – ⭐️4/5 stars

Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – ⭐️5/5 stars

The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet by Becky Chambers – ⭐️3/5 stars

Geekerella by Ashley Poston – ⭐️3/5 stars

The Help by Kathryn Stockett – ⭐️5/5 stars

Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb⭐️4/5 stars

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows & Brodi Ashton – ⭐️4/5 stars

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J Maas – ⭐️4/5 stars

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Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating Review

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This was my second foray into Christina Lauren’s work and I was pleasantly surprised. Because I had loved The Unhoneymooners so much I tried not to set my expectations too high because I didn’t want to be disappointed but I really loved this read!

Hazel and Josh went to college together and though they never dated Josh sure got an eyeful of Hazel when he walked in on her with one of his room-mates. She also puked on his shoes and wrote him a confession via email when she was high on medication after having her wisdom teeth out. Ten years later life throws them back together and they try their absolute best to not end up with each other!

I really vibed with Hazel’s character. I loved her spontaneous nature and her willingness to just be herself and not care what other people think. But at the same time she was aware of the fact that maybe some people might not be able to understand her or tolerate her behaviour without being embarrassed. Her arc was subtle but still important in the context of the story. She distanced herself from potential partners for so long because of her personality, especially when she reunited with Tyler; she reverted back to how she was making excuses for his remarks and dimming herself. I loved when she finally just told him to go f*ck himself, and decided that she was enough and wouldn’t change herself to be with someone else.

I think Josh contrasted perfectly with Hazel. Their banter especially was super entertaining to read. He came across as quite rigid and reserved at the start of the book. He’s very organised whereas Hazel is like a tornado ripping through everything. I liked how we see him gradually get more comfortable around Hazel especially when they are thrown together so much and he is kind of forced to deal with her. It’s definitely cute to see him try to be standoffish with her but she still worms her way into his life whether he likes it or not.

The book was very fast paced and engaging, I finished it in like one sitting. I liked the diversity in the characters and I think they came across as quite relatable. I don’t think the premise was really all that unique but the execution of the plot was just right for me. I think the ending was a little too perfect in a way, but I was invested enough that I was happy with the outcome!

⭐️5/5 stars I cringed, I laughed, I swooned, all the feels!