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.


Top 5 Wednesday (13)

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

The topic this week is….


I’ve got a a couple “summer-y” ARCs that I’m dying to get into. I like to read romance over the summer as well!

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Watch me Disappear from Janelle Brown is a new Thriller set to be released this summer! I was really excited to get an ARC for this and will be reading / reviewing closer to the release date in July.

Who you want people to be makes you blind to who they really are.

It’s been a year since Billie Flanagan—a Berkeley mom with an enviable life—went on a solo hike in Desolation Wilderness and vanished from the trail. Her body was never found, just a shattered cellphone and a solitary hiking boot. Her husband and teenage daughter have been coping with Billie’s death the best they can: Jonathan drinks as he works on a loving memoir about his marriage; Olive grows remote, from both her father and her friends at the all-girls school she attends.

But then Olive starts having strange visions of her mother, still alive. Jonathan worries about Olive’s emotional stability, until he starts unearthing secrets from Billie’s past that bring into question everything he thought he understood about his wife. Who was the woman he knew as Billie Flanagan?

Together, Olive and Jonathan embark on a quest for the truth—about Billie, but also about themselves, learning, in the process, about all the ways that love can distort what we choose to see. Janelle Brown’s insights into the dynamics of intimate relationships will make you question the stories you tell yourself about the people you love, while her nervy storytelling will keep you guessing until the very last page.”


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Be True to Me is another ARC I was lucky enough to receive. It’s released in June so another perfect beginning of summer read!

It’s the summer of 1976 on Fire Island, where sunbathing, lobster bakes, and the Bicentennial celebration reign.

Jean, a sometimes cruel, often insecure, and always envious rich girl, is accustomed to living in her glamorous older sister’s shadow. So when Gil Burke, a handsome newcomer with uncertain ties to one of the most powerful families in the exclusive enclave of Sunken Haven, notices Jean—not her sister—Jean is smitten.

Then Fritz, a girl from outside the gilded gates who humiliated Jean in the Island’s tennis championship last year, meets Gil. The chemistry between them is undeniable, and she quickly falls Gil herself. Soon the girls are competing for much more than a tennis trophy, with higher stakes than either of them can imagine.

Through the alternating perspectives of Jean and Fritz, Adele Griffin captures the angst of feeling like you don’t belong and the urgency of first love with vivid language and perceptive wit.”


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The Darkest Promise by Gena Showalter is the latest installment of the Lords of the Underworld Series. It is another June release. I’ve listened to the audio of the other 14 books so I’ll likely be getting the audio to this one as well. 

Possessed by the demon of Misery, Cameo isn’t allowed to experience joy. If she dares, her memory is wiped clean. With no other recourse, she sneaks into a land more fantastical than any fairy tale, determined to find the one man with the key to her redemption. 

Lazarus the Cruel and Unusual rules his kingdom with a single unwavering focus: to build his army and annihilate his enemies. Nothing distracts him—until Cameo. He is relentless in his quest to make her smile…and seduce her into his bed. 

As dark forces conspire against them, threatening to destroy the fragile bond they’ve forged, the once-calm Lazarus grows crazed. Every heart-stopping kiss and wicked touch causes Cameo to teeter on the brink of happiness. But if she falls, she risks forgetting him forever…”


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Tiny Beautiful Things by Cheryl Strayed. I just bought this book because I read the little sample on Amazon and was bawling by the time I got to the end of the sample. I’m not usually one to read books like this, but the stories hit me hard. 

This bestselling book from the author of Wild collects the best of The Rumpus’s Dear Sugar advice columns plus never-before-published pieces. Rich with humor, insight, compassion—and absolute honesty—this book is a balm for everything life throws our way.

Life can be hard: your lover cheats on you; you lose a family member; you can’t pay the bills—and it can be great: you’ve had the hottest sex of your life; you get that plum job; you muster the courage to write your novel. Sugar—the once-anonymous online columnist at The Rumpus, now revealed as Cheryl Strayed, author of the bestselling memoir Wild—is the person thousands turn to for advice.”


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By the end of the summer I will be rereading Empire of Storms in preparation for Chaol’s novel, Tower of Dawn!


That’s it! What’s on your Summer Reading list?

The Barrier Between: Collector, Book 2 by Stacey Marie Brown

Title: The Barrier Between
Author: Stacey Marie Brown
Genre: NA, Urban Fantasy
Format: Audio
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Description (Source: Amazon):

As a reminder, I review sequels a little different from other reviews. I am going to hide the description from the main page so you will have to click “Read More” due to potential spoilers from previous books in the description or my review. 

My review for the first book, City in Embers, is here:

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