Top Ten Tuesday (8)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I haven’t done a Top 10 Tuesday in a while, and to be honest I almost skipped this one due to the topic. Mother’s Day used to be a really hard holiday for me, and sometimes still is. I’m going to be real for a minute here and tell you a story. It’s long, you’ve been warned. 

The topic this week is….

There once was a girl who got pregnant when she was only 16 by a man whom she didn’t love. She decided to keep the baby and gave birth to a little girl the winter of her senior year in high school. After high school the teenage mother took to partying with her friends and instead of finding babysitters for her baby she locked the baby in her bedroom closet for 10-12 hours without food or changing diapers. This continued on for about a year before the baby’s paternal grandmother paid the mother a surprise visit and saw the living conditions of the baby. Several days after this confrontation the baby was dropped off at her grandmother’s with a note that the mother would return in a few weeks.

The baby became a little girl and did not see her mother again for years. The little girl, desperate for her mother’s approval, decided to try living with her mother when she was 10, where she was subsequently abused by her mother and mother’s husband. After two years the little girl moved back to her dad’s house. The little girl would spend the next 10 years wondering what it was that made her so unlovable and easy to throw away. It didn’t make sense to the girl why she would feel this way. Her grandmother, who helped to raise her, and her dad were the best. They never mistreated her and loved her more than anything in the world.

But the girl had a mom shaped hole in her heart, and thought she would never fill it….until one beautiful little boy, followed by another less than 2 years later, came along. Over time, that mom-sized hole was almost completely filled with her own motherly love for her children. There will probably always be a tiny pocket of longing and bitterness for a mother that was never meant to be, but the girl finds solace in the fact that her own children will never have to feel the kind of despair or desperation that she felt as a child and into adulthood. 


So this week as part of my freebie I chose the mothers I wish I had. I am including TV/Movies as well. 

The second part is appreciation for awesome grandmother’s/aunts/substitute mothers (excluding dads from this because there will be a dad post in June for Father’s Day).


Moms I wish I had

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Lorelai Gilmore from Gilmore Girls

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Lorelai was always so supportive of Rory and loved her unconditionally. I loved how they were always part of a team!


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Maura Sargent from The Raven Cycle Series

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Maura trust Blue to make her own decisions, for the most part, and actually reminds me a lot of Lorelai.


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Molly Weasley from The Harry Potter Series

Honestly, I think even people who had good moms probably wanted Molly Weasley as their mom sometimes, lol. I love her so much!


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Maria from Mordacious and Until the End of the World

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Maria loves her daughters so much that she sacrificed her own safety and nearly her own life for them. When I see Maria I picture not only the mother I wish I had, but the mother I would like to be. 


Awesome grandmother’s/aunts/substitute mothers

 

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Michelle Benoit, Scarlet’s Grandmother in The Lunar Chronicles

CAUTION—–SPOILER FOR THIS BOOK BELOW! YOU’VE BEEN WARNED!

Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles Book 2)

Ya’ll. I ugly cried in this book for Scarlet’s grandmother. My own grandmother (who helped to raise me) had just died before I read this book and I was a damn mess. 


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Calla from The Raven Cycle Series

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I’m including Calla here too, because I just love her. I’ve always wanted a crazy aunt like her! I love this fan art of Calla because I love how it captures Calla’ sassy ass attitude. 


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Nan and Pop from An Ember in the Ashes

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I know we don’t get to know them very well, but we do know they loved Laia very much. The way Laia speaks of Nan reminds me of my own grandmother. 


That’s all I can think of right now. Sorry it’s not a full top 10! 😁

Make sure to leave your link for your top 10 in the comments if you want me to check it out! I look forward to seeing everyone else’s picks this week. Thank you for reading!

 

Top Ten Tuesday (7)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

It’s been a while since I did one of these because either I couldn’t connect with the topic or I was just too busy! The next few weeks look really good though so I’m hoping to be able to find time to participate. 

The topic this week is….

Brace yourselves – you’re about to get spammed with some of my Insta posts. I think pictures can speak better for me than words. 🙂


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Space! I’m pretty obsessed with space and sci-fi right now. Read my reviews on Defy the Stars and Illuminae if you’re interested. 🙂

 


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Kick-ass females. I’m reading Flame in the Mist right now and looooving it. I can’t wait to finish and share my review! Other favorite strong girls: Katniss, Cealena and Zoey (Collector Series, read my review here).


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Angels! I loved Penryn and the End of Days (except the end, that was just meh for me). I’ve read so many books about angels, and I don’t even care if they don’t get great reviews. I’m still probably going to read them, lol.


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Friendship. I think The Lunar Chronicles are a a great representation of this. 


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Greek Gods/Goddesses. The tale of Persephone and Hades is my favorite, but anything Greek Gods and I’m down. The paranormal Romance series Lords of the Underworld is a great place to start if you are looking!


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Fae. All of them. lol My favorite Fantasy series is ACOTAR/ACOMAF (ONLY 2 MORE WEEKS UNTIL ACOWAR Y’all!!!) My second favorite fantasy series is called the Collector series by Stacey Marie Brown. I mentioned it above, but I’m going to link my review again here. It’s so good! It’s a Fae/Urban Fantasy NEW ADULT (Sex and language, but no more sexy than ACOMAF was). 


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Beta Males. This is a new one for me, but Beta Males are totally my thing. Every once in a while I like a good Alpha male book, but those sweet Betas get me. 😍😍😍 If you are in the mood for one, check out Archer’s Voice. UGH SO GOOD. (Review on Goodreads here). 


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Anything Beauty and the Beast Related (See caption under Insta post to see reasons why).


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Actually…..anything fairy tale retelling related, lol. 


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A great romance. I’m such a romantic person, so it had to make this list. 🙂 Slow burns are my favorite(*cough* See the Collector series mentioned in numbers 2 and 6*cough*), but I can get into insta-love if done right. What I don’t do – love triangles. More on that next week though 😉 


What about you? Link your lists in the comments so I can visit your page! 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday (6)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

They were on hiatus for a few weeks and gave the option of freebies, but I was too mentally exhausted the last several weeks so I chose to go on hiatus as well.  The topic this week is….

These are in no particular order, well- except the first one. I’m actually contemplating taking the day off work to read it when it’s released. 

Top Ten Tuesday (5)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

I thought this was going to be a harder post than it was. Once I started going through my GR “read” list I ended up with a list of 7 books I liked more than I thought I would and 8 that I liked less than I expected. I narrowed it down to the top 5 for each. 



Books I liked more than I thought I would:


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The Martian by Any Weir

This is not my typical genre, but it was gaining a lot of hype a couple years ago. I wanted to read it before the movie came out though so I picked it up on Audio. I was so surprised at how much I loved the book. It was narrated by RC Bray, and I don’t think I would have enjoyed it so much without his voice. His dry tone was perfect for the humor in the book, where his deep notes exhibited the sadness and sorrow Mark felt while living alone for years on a deserted planet. I would absolutely read/listen to this again. 


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Sanctum by Sarah Fine

I had never heard of Sarah Fine before this book, but it was free on Kindle Unlimited so I thought, why not. Sanctum is the first book in the Guards of the Shadowlands series. I loved this series. Trigger warning though — It’s dark and deals with topics such as suicide and the concept of Heaven and Hell. I highly recommend this series, and if you have Kindle Unlimited you have nothing to lose!

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Heartless by Marissa Meyer

I had really high expectations for this book after reading The Lunar Chronicles, but I also had reservations. We know how it ends based on Alice in Wonderland. I will tell  you, I’m an HEA person; I typically loathe books without one. Heartless surprised me though and while it ended the way I knew it would, the journey there was beautiful. I don’t know that I would read it again, however. My heart can only take so much, lol.

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Click here for my review on it!


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Partials by Dan Wells

I didn’t go into Partials with any expectations, as Dan Wells is another author I was unfamiliar with. Wells is really great at world building and I was drawn in almost immediately. The protagonist is multi-dimensional, and although it plays on the “one teenage girl has the only power to save the world” trope, it is done very well. 


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The Selection by Kiera Cass

This is typically a hit or miss book for people. I really enjoyed it, but I also went in with the expectation that it was going to be frilly and fluffy and not much substance. While it is a lighter read, I liked it a lot more than I thought I would. 



Books I liked less than I thought I would:


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Mechanic by Alexa Riley

This is honestly the worst book I’ve ever read. I judged it by it’s beautiful cover, but wow. It’s awful. I won’t go into on this post, but my review is here if you are interested in reading more about why I hated it so much. I think it’s also free on Kindle Unlimited right now, so if you are a masochist you can still check it out without risking more than your time. 


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City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I read the first three books, but this one just couldn’t draw me in. Then I tried picking it back up several times over the period of a couple months, but no. I think the draaaaaaama was just too much. It’s a pity, I enjoyed the series until this book.

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The Glass Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg

I wouldn’t say I loved the first book, but it was decent enough to start reading the second. I couldn’t get into this one though. Ceony annoyed me to no end. SHE NEVER LISTENS TO ANYONE. She got people killed or hurt because she was too big of a moron to admit when EXPERT MAGICIANS knew more about magic than her, an apprentice. I couldn’t even finish the book because I couldn’t deal with her arrogance or stupidity for one more second. 

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Up side, this is another book on Kindle Unlimited so it didn’t cost me anything more than the time I wasted reading it. 


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The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

I didn’t hate this book, but it was just meh for me. My expectations were high because of all the rave reviews, but I couldn’t connect with the characters and it fell flat for me. 


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Covet by J.R. Ward

This is another book I had high expectations for because it was recommended by several friends. I honestly didn’t care about any of the characters and I didn’t like the chemistry between the main male and female. meh. 


Sorry if I didn’t like one of your favs! 😀 

Do you have any on your TTT list that are on mine? Include your TTT list below so I can check yours out. I’m always on the prowl for more books to add to my ever growing TBR list. 

Top Ten Tuesday (4)

“Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

Well, actually the topic was “Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them”, and a suggestion was kissing. I decided to take it a step further and encompass all romance in. I know this is not everyone’s thing, so feel free to skip this post if sappy isn’t your style. I love a good swoony romance in a book because I am a hopeless romantic. Some of these may be the first book in a series where it gets a little more “romancey” further on, but shhhhhh… no spoilers 😉 And some of these books might have some romance in them already, but they don’t quite quench my need for more, lol

Top Ten Tuesday (3)

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Good Afternoon everyone! “Top Ten Tuesday” is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

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I almost didn’t do my top ten this week because I’m still reeling from “Heartless“, but was excited when I saw it was a freebie week.

I decided to use my freebie on a list of my ten favorite book series (new and old) of all time. These are in no particular order. 

Top Ten Tuesday (2)

Heyyyy! It’s time for “Top Ten Tuesday” hosted by  The Broke and the Bookish. Every week they choose a different topic, and this week’s topic is…..

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The ladies over at  The Broke and the Bookish chose books with less than 500 reviews  on Goodreads, so that’s what I used as my criteria as well. Also, these are in no particular order and are a mish-mosh of genres.