Top 5 Wednesday (14)

This feature is hosted in the Top Five Wednesday group on Goodreads.

The topic this week is….

I always fancied myself a reader, but until I became a part of the blogging community I didn’t open myself up to the vast amount of books that the world has to offer. Below are 5 books or book series I only read because of blogging hype (for better or for worse). 

Click on the book cover to go to Amazon to purchase or read a synopsis. 


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A Court of Mist and Fury is probably one of my favorite books of all time. ACOTAR and ACOWAR were decent, but ACOMAF is a masterpiece. I never would have picked up ACOTAR if not for the blogging community though. To go along with this, I also started Throne of Glass after finishing ACOMAF, but it felt redundant to list ToG as well. My review of ACOTAR is here


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Contemporary YA is really not my jam most of the time, but I picked this one up because of all the hype. I was pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed the read! My review is here.


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Another one of my favorites on this list is Illuminae. I love this book so much! If you have a chance, I highly recommend listening to the audio book as well. It’s wonderful! My full review is here


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If there was ever a book series to surprise the pants off me it was The Raven Cycle. I usually prefer plot driven books and get bored with tedious world building and ongoing character development, but Stiefvater really captivated me throughout this whole series. I think I read all four books in about a week! My review for The Raven Boys is here


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I have to end this list on a downer. I read ADSOM because I kept seeing it on every blogger’s list of “must-reads”. Ugh. This book was agony for me to trudge though. I’m not sure if it was the book or the narrator though, as I listened on audio. The narrator is different for the second book, so I may give it another try….maybe. My full review is here.


Favorite Book Quotes

Hey everyone!

I was going to participate in top 10 Tuesday today, but I wasn’t really connecting with the topic so I decided to just share some of my favorite book quotes with you. 🙂

The quotes were compiled and set to background images by me; the background images were taken from Pexels.com (a source for free stock photos). 


I know I have raved about this author and her books so much already, but I can’t get enough of her writing. This particular scene was when a character was being attacked. As a survivor myself, I feel like this quote perfectly captures the hopelessness that someone can feel in the midst of this situation. This quote still brings tears to my eyes. For my review on this series (I CANNOT RECOMMEND IT ENOUGH!) click here. The first book in the series is FREE right now on Amazon!

 



I received my bachelor’s degree in psychology so reading books that focus on how characters develop in apocalyptic situations has always fascinated me. I love Zombie Apocalypse books, and Until the End of the World (mentioned in the first quote) and Fleming’s second series (Mordacious) are great ones in that genre. My review for Mordacious is here


I’m not going to get political (I need at least one area of my life to be a politics free zone), but this message is one that I really try to live by and raise my children to live by as well.

One of my favorite non-book quotes is “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” by Martin Luther King, Jr. I feel like these two quotes are related. 


While this wasn’t my favorite book, I love this quote. 


And lastly, who doesn’t love a little knowledge bomb from Dr. Seuss?


Books mentioned above are available for purchase from Amazon.

 

Updates and Thoughts

Happy First Day of Fall, Y’all!


How are you celebrating the first day of fall? I had a Salted Caramel Latte from Starbucks and protested this 90 degree F day by wearing a sweater (notice the pregnant belly below, as evidence to why I have not been as active lately). 

Speaking of pregnancy. Wowzers. This one has really taken a toll on me. I was diagnosed with Hyperemesis Gravidarium recently – if it sounds familiar, it’s probably because you heard about Duchess Kate having it. Mine is more of a “mild” case in comparison to some women who spend weeks or months in the hospital, have a PICC line placed to administer meds and fluids, etc., but has been rather debilitating for me nonetheless. If you want a more detailed description for HG click here. As a result of HG early in my pregnancy I was unable to read a lot, but the past couple weeks I have started to be able to read again. I’m still perpetually nauseous, but not throwing up as much and thus, able to read again!  *happy dance*


So, what have I been reading? Well, mostly some historical romance (because these pregnancy hormones, ya know 😉) and of course, TOWER OF DAWN *screams*. I am hoping to eventually be able to do a full review of ToD, because you guys. It. was.awesome. A quick run-down of what I’ve read in the last couple weeks is below.

Click on the cover or title to be taken to Amazon to purchase the book.

Cold-Hearted Rake 

A twist of fate . . .

Devon Ravenel, London’s most wickedly charming rake, has just inherited an earldom. But his powerful new rank in society comes with unwanted responsibilities . . . and more than a few surprises. His estate is saddled with debt, and the late earl’s three innocent sisters are still occupying the house . . . along with Kathleen, Lady Trenear, a beautiful young widow whose sharp wit and determination are a match for Devon’s own.

A clash of wills . . .

Kathleen knows better than to trust a ruthless scoundrel like Devon. But the fiery attraction between them is impossible to deny—and from the first moment Devon holds her in his arms, he vows to do whatever it takes to possess her. As Kathleen finds herself yielding to his skillfully erotic seduction, only one question remains:

Can she keep from surrendering her heart to the most dangerous man she’s ever known?

 

Marrying Winterborne

A ruthless tycoon
Savage ambition has brought common-born Rhys Winterborne vast wealth and success. In business and beyond, Rhys gets exactly what he wants. And from the moment he meets the shy, aristocratic Lady Helen Ravenel, he is determined to possess her. If he must take her virtue to ensure she marries him, so much the better…

A sheltered beauty
Helen has had little contact with the glittering, cynical world of London society. Yet Rhys’s determined seduction awakens an intense mutual passion. Helen’s gentle upbringing belies a stubborn conviction that only she can tame her unruly husband. As Rhys’s enemies conspire against them, Helen must trust him with her darkest secret. The risks are unthinkable…the reward, a lifetime of incomparable bliss. And it all begins with…

Marrying Mr. Winterborne

 

Devil in Spring

An eccentric wallflower…

Most debutantes dream of finding a husband. Lady Pandora Ravenel has different plans. The ambitious young beauty would much rather stay at home and plot out her new board game business than take part in the London Season. But one night at a glittering society ball, she’s ensnared in a scandal with a wickedly handsome stranger.

A cynical rake…

After years of evading marital traps with ease, Gabriel, Lord St. Vincent, has finally been caught-by a rebellious girl who couldn’t be less suitable. In fact, she wants nothing to do with him. But Gabriel finds the high-spirited Pandora irresistible. He’ll do whatever it takes to possess her, even if their marriage of convenience turns out to be the devil’s own bargain.

A perilous plot…

After succumbing to Gabriel’s skilled and sensuous persuasion, Pandora agrees to become his bride. But soon she discovers that her entrepreneurial endeavors have accidentally involved her in a dangerous conspiracy — and only her husband can keep her safe. As Gabriel protects her from their unknown adversaries, they realize their devil’s bargain may just turn out to be a match made in heaven…

Historical Romances have never really been my thing, but I really enjoyed all of these. I may look into more Lisa Kleypas books. 


And then, obviously:

Tower of Dawn 

Since it’s a sequel I won’t put in the book description, but as I said above – I loved it! I know Chaol is a hotly debated character in the fandom, as most people either love him or hate him, but I adore him! I give it a 5/5. It’s my second favorite book SJM has written (behind ACOMAF). 


Other reviews of the Throne of Glass series on my blog:

Throne of Glass 4/5 stars

Crown of Midnight 5/5 stars

Heir of Fire 4/5 stars

Queen of Shadows – didn’t do a review here because it was my least favorite in the series and just couldn’t muster up the fucks to write a review. 2/5 stars

Empire of Storms 4/5 stars


Well that about wraps it up for now, thank you so much for reading and sticking with my [very poorly managed for the last few months] blog! I promise I am trying to blog more and check everyone else’s blog more as well!