Top Ten Tuesday: Bookish Turnoffs

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April 25:  Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly NOT Want To Read A Book

Last week they asked us to share what makes us want to pick up a book to read so it is only fitting that this week we get to share what turns us off of a potential to-read title.  This one might be a bit harder as of right now I can’t really think of many things that will prevent me from picking up and trying a book.  We will see if I struggle to come up with a full list or not.

Ten things that turn me off of reading a book.

  1. YA: Please don’t hate me.  It’s just that I have outgrown YA and J fiction and the idea of picking up a book designated as such is already a mark against it in my reading life.  At the age of 42, quickly approaching 43, I just can’t identify with the teenage drama anymore.  I also find myself shying away from anything labeled as New Adult too.  I’m old.  I don’t want to read about high school or college anymore.
  2. Historical: I also don’t want to read about the middle ages or roman era or civil war or even something as recent as WWII, 60’s, 70’s or 80’s.  I do not care for any period pieces actually.  I’m not quite sure what turns me off but I just don’t find myself drawn to those books.  Now if there are flashbacks or crossover to the modern era then I can tolerate a story that spans several decades.  It is just that I need some modern element to the story to make it worthwhile for me.  Odd I know…
  3. Western: I am not a fan of Westerns.  Tv, movies, books, music (country).  It does not matter I won’t like it & I will actively work to avoid it.  It is like it crawls under my skin and just aggravates the hell out of me.  So I will pass.
  4. Too Much Hype: This is an odd one, to me.  You would think that if EVERYONE is reading something it must be good so why not pick it up because it is almost like a guaranteed good read right? Wrong.  Or at least for me.  I know I have odd reading taste and if the book seems to work for everyone else then I might try the firs chapter but rarely will I read more or agree.
  5. Bloody Violence/ Horror: This is a bit like the western point in #3.  I do not like scary movies or tv shows and I do not like scary books.  Granted it usually takes a lot more to scare me in a book but I tend to stay away from them now. Which is ironic as I used to really like Stephen King (who I now think is an ass).  I just am not into blood and guts and being scared.  Sorry.
  6. Characters that hate themselves: This is generally something that you don’t know until you get into the book. So this is more of something that will make me DNF a title rather than stop me from picking it up altogether.  I don’t want to be in someone’s head or POV that doesn’t’ like themselves.  Don’t we all have issues with accepting ourselves as is why would we want to pile on to that with taking on the identity of a character that has self-image issues?  No thank you.
  7. Availability:  Specifically books that are ONLY offered through Amazon.  I will not read a book or series if the only place I can pick up or download a copy is from a company whose business model is to bully authors into only offering on their platform.  I won’t and you shouldn’t either.  It kills physical bookstores and creates monopolies which are bad for everyone.  So you will not see books reviewed on this blog that are only available through Amazon.
  8. Too much description:  I do not need to know every leaf on the tree.  I know some people love lots of description but I am not one of them.  I want more dialog than setting details when I read.  I can fill most of that stuff in myself.
  9. Didn’t like other titles:  If I didn’t like another title by an author then I’m less likely to pick up something else they wrote.  Now If it is a case of where I’ve read lots of books by them and only had one or two that didn’t work for me I will continue to read their books.  But if I’ve only read two or three and most of them were two stars or less than I will probably pass them by as it is obvious that author isn’t for me.
  10. Publication Date:  This is tricky.  It is not that I won’t read an older book it is just that the odds of say a vampire book written in the 60’s actually working for me are pretty slim.  Styles change over the decades and using the vampire example if a book was written before say Twilight is going to be vastly different from one written afterward.  So I might try it but most of the time not.

Well, that was easier than I thought it would be.  What turns you off of reading a book?  Feel free to share in the comments.

Top Ten Tuesday: All About That Hook

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April 18: Top Ten Things That Will Make Me Instantly Want To Read A Book

This is an interesting topic for the week.  I’ve not really sat down and thought about what makes me pick one book over another.  I’m going to have to take a look at my read books and ponder what made me pick those reads.

Ten reasons why I might select a book to read.

  1. Recommendation: BUT, not just from anyone, however.  A recommendation from a friend or author or blog that I know has similar reading taste as I do will make me want to get my hot menopausal hands all over that book.
  2. Synopsis: A good hook in the synopsis often motivates me to select reading material.
  3. Prior Relationship: There are some authors that are on my instant buy list, but there is a longer list of authors on my instant read list.  If I’ve read something and enjoyed it by an author I will often add their other work to my to-read list.
  4. Paranormal:  Vampires and Shifters and Angels, Oh My.  It all started with Twilight but many years later I am still into paranormal books and seeking out new series and authors all the time.
  5. Sci-Fi:  I seem to be on a science fiction lately, one that is leaning towards fun space operas. I also enjoy science fiction that is based in actual science theory.
  6. Kick-ass Urban Fantasy:  Love me some urban fantasy and if it sounds like the book revolves around a wise-cracking kick-ass heroine sign me up!
  7. Location, location, location: Sometimes what draws me to a book is where it is set.  Love stories set in Chicago, Iowa, and Turkey.  When you are familiar with the setting it make envisioning it in your mind so much more rewarding.
  8. Price:  Okay I just have to say it but cheap books hook me.  It is difficult to pass up something that sounds mildly interesting when it costs only a quarter.
  9. Unique Cover:  This is difficult to quantify because it is subjective to my mood at the time. I won’t read a book simply because it has a beautiful cover but it will help it stand out on the shelf and make me pick it up therefore increasing its odds.
  10. Availability:  This basically only applies to audiobooks because I often am limited not only by what is offered in my library’s catalog but what is available for check out when I’m look to borrow a book.

 

Well there is my list for the week.  What makes you want to read a book?

Don’t forget to come back on Thursday as  I am hosting the Blade Bound Blog Tour!  #Giveaway!

Top Ten Tuesday: Not Typical

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April 11: Top Ten Of The Most Unique Books I’ve Read 

I’m not really sure what they mean by unique books in this week’s topic.  So I’m going to share ten books, that I enjoyed, that were not typical reads for me.  Books that were outside of the normal genres that I tend to stick to.

Ten books that were not typical reads for me.

  1. Crack in the Curtain  This book made the list because it was written by my husband and if that isn’t unique or atypical I don’t know what is.  This is actually a good story set in Bulgaria of the 1980’s during the Name Change Campaign when the communist Bulgarian government attempted to systematically eliminate all Turks from their population.  While it is fiction it is based upon events my husband lived through as a member of the Turkish minority.  Plug over.
  2. Sheepish: Two Women, Fifty Sheep, and Enough Wool to Save the Planet Not one to read much non-fiction or books about farming or lesbians this was a fun read about two women adapting to rural life.
  3. The Road While this book is in a genre I do enjoy from time to time, dystopian.  The way it was written is what makes it unique for me.  No punctuation and no chapter breaks it is written like it is a journal of someone living through the events of the book.
  4. The Cobra Event I’m not one to read scary stories and this is a truly frightening tale.  I read it quite some time ago, 20 years…. and it is not one I would pick up now.  I would be headed for the emergency room convinced I had this disease.
  5. Neil Patrick Harris: Choose Your Own Autobiography I’ve only read two biographies and this is one of them.  It is also pretty unique because the way it is formated as a choose your own adventure story.
  6. The Grownup This one is different for me because it is a horror story but also a story by one of the hot authors of the moment.  I’m not usually one to read who is in fashion at the moment.  Of course, if it is a story that sounds good I’ll read it, but I don’t need to read something because everyone else is reading them.
  7. The Diary of Adam and Eve  I’m one of those people who think reading classics sounds like a good idea, pick one up determine to read something good for me and then quickly give up.  This one I made it through and actually enjoyed.
  8. Stranger Here: How Weight-Loss Surgery Transformed My Body and Messed with My Head Not really a reader of diet blogs or books written by bloggers.  This was alright.  Didn’t really inspire me to pick up others.
  9. Einstein's Dreams This was a fascinating read and unique because it is a book of short stories and a mix of science and philosophy.  Very interesting.
  10. Zoo  This is one here because it is a book by Patterson that I actually enjoyed.  Not a big fan of his writing style.  His chapter lengths drive me crazy.

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Bucket List

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March 28: Top Ten Authors I’m Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can’t Believe I’ve Met  (some other “meeting authors” type spin you want to do)

So for this week’s list I am going to do some shameless bragging.  Only a little bit though as I’ve not actually met that many authors.  So this week I am going to split the list between met and want to meet.

Five authors I’ve met and five authors I want to meet!

  1.  Sherrilyn Kenyon- Met & Want to Meet:  Yes, that is right folks I have actually met my favorite author and made a complete fool of myself… It was so cool though and she was such a nice person!  I would also love to go to another signing if she ever comes back to the area.
  2. Deborah Harkness Deborah Harkness – Want to Meet:  I loved the All Souls Trilogy.  Absolutely some of my favorite books hands down.  It would be so cool to actually get to meet her in person.

  3. John Scalzi John Scalzi – Met: No picture with this author because when I met him I had only read one of his books and was not as big of a fan as I am now…  Stupid Amy…  So I guess Mr. Scalzi should also be added to the list of authors I would like to meet again.  Such a big fan now.  Also another really nice author!
  4. J.R. Ward J.R. Ward – Want to Meet: I basically want to meet this author to hear her swear like a sailor.  It cracks me up that she uses such foul language.  Also, I love her books.
  5.  Sylvia Day – Met!: Got to meet Ms. Day at BEA last year.  She is such a sweet woman and took the time to speak with everyone in line and take pictures with them.  Truly a stand-up author!
  6. Jacqueline Rhoades Jaqueline Rhoades – Want to Meet: This is my favorite indie author and friend on Facebook.  Someday I hope to meet Jackie in person!
  7.  Justin Cronin – Met:  What an awesome man this is!  Not a great picture but I did catch him in a booth at BEA.  It was amazing to get the opportunity to meet Mr. Cronin.
  8. Darynda Jones Darynda Jones – Want to Meet:  Sigh, someday… I am friends with her on Facebook if that counts for anything and have interacted with her there.
  9. Katarina Bivald Katarina Bivald – Met:  Not a widely known author but I think I should receive bonus points as she is from Sweeden.  Another sweet woman who I met at BEA last year.  Just recently got around to reading her only book The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend.
  10. Andy Weir Andy Weir – Want to Meet: How could the author of The Martian not be on my list?  I’ve pimped his book enough! I love his story as to how his book came to being published.  I also follow him online and he just seems like a cool guy.  I would love to meet him someday.

There you have this week’s list.  How about you?  What authors have you met or would like to meet?

Top Ten Tuesday: Quick Reads Under 250 Pages

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March 21: Read In One Sitting Theme: ten of the shortest books I’ve read, top ten books I read in one sitting, ten books to read when you are short on time, top ten books that will make you read the whole day away, etc.

Back when I first got my Nook I was all hot and heavy into the free books offered on B&N.  Also, the first year blogging held a Novella November in a blatant effort to cheat at my reading goals for the year. Now I’m all about quality over quantity and have been reading fewer shorter books, but they are still over on my read shelf on Goodreads.  For the purpose of this week’s lists I am going to share with you 10 short stand-alone books I’ve read under 250 pages, perfect length for an afternoon read on a rainy spring day.

Ten short stand-alone reads under 250 pages.

  1. The Egg 4 Pages (go read it here): This is a very short story and I almost didn’t include it as it should only take you a few minutes to read.  The reason it is on this week’s list, however, is because it is so good.  I’ve included the link so you can go read it for yourself.  You won’t be disappointed.
  2. The Little Prince 83 Pages: This was a sweet little story that has definitely earned its place as a classic for a reason.  It is simply charming and everyone should take the time to read this at least once in their lives.
  3. The Diary of Adam and Eve 95 Pages: My first and only time ever reading Twain.  Absolutely loved it and this week’s list reminds me that I should try to fit in more of his work.
  4. The Illustrated Book of Sayings: Curious Expressions from Around the World 112 Pages: This is more of a coffee table book than an actual story.  Still, it is interesting and beautifully illustrated.
  5. Miniatures: The Very Short Fiction of John Scalzi 142 Pages: This was such fun!  A book of short stories by Scalzi is sure to brighten your day and maybe even open you up to a new perspective.
  6. Einstein's Dreams 144 Pages: I actually read this book after the last one on this list, also by this author.  While it didn’t hold up to the level of the later work for me, it still was a fascinating read.
  7. Genesis 150 Pages: Don’t want to give anything away on this one but there is a major twist at the end.  I read it in a couple hours and I bet you could too.  Perfect for a plane ride or car trip.
  8. Yesterday's Kin 192 Pages: I don’t remember much about this one except for it was intriguing and I quite enjoyed it.
  9. The Alchemist 197 Pages: This was only a three star for me, still I see the value in having read it.  My husband actually requested it from the library and enjoyed it so much that I read it quickly before returning it.
  10. Mr G: A Novel About The Creation 225 Pages: This was bloody brilliant in my opinion.  So much fun and I’m sure quite scandalous to those who are uptight in their religion.  Made you think though about just who God might actually be though.

 

Well, there you have my list of ten short reads.  What short stories or books do you recommend?

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Spring TBR 2017

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March 14: Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR

I don’t really put much planning into what I want to read next.  I have reverted back to my mood reading ways.  Lately, I seem to be in a science fiction mood but there are a couple of my favorite paranormal authors that I would like to get caught up on as well as a couple of books I picked up at BEA that I have been meaning to read.  So for my list, you probably won’t find any new or upcoming releases but a list of books I hope to read soon.

Ten books that I hope to read this spring (or soon…)

  1. Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4) I have actually ordered this book but to get free shipping I ordered it with the next book that doesn’t come out until May… So I should get this one after May 6th.  That’s alright as I have lots of other titles I can read while I wait.
  2. Deadmen Walking (Deadman's Cross, #1) This book I’m pretty excited about as it is a brand new series by my favorite author.  I look forward to reading it once it shows up in my mailbox!
  3. Immortal Unchained (Argeneau, #25) Even though I didn’t care that much for the last book in this series I still plan on reading the next release that comes out later this month!
  4. Born of Vengeance (The League, #10) I bought this book the week it released then I had to read the mammoth one before it and decided I needed a break.  I might read this one yet this spring or I might wait until the next book is released.  Who knows with a mood reader.
  5. Blood Vow (Black Dagger Legacy, #2) I had hoped to read this one while I recovered from surgery but it just didn’t happen.  Now that the next book in the BDB is going to release soon I need to make time for this one or put them both off…
  6. IQ This book has such a pretty cover.  I picked it up at BEA last May and I’ve been seeing it around the inter-webs and thought it might be a good book to read when I need something different.
  7. Dragonmark (Dark-Hunter, #26; Dragons Rising, #1; Lords of Avalon, #5) I know, I know, Ms. Kenyon is one this list three times!  What can I say I love her books but also putting off reading them too.
  8. Yesterday's Son (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #1) & Time for Yesterday (Star Trek: The Yesterday Saga, #2) I have been in a Star Trek kick lately, looking for collectables, watching the old shows, etc.  I have also been picking up the books whenever they cross my path.  The first one is actually my very first Star Trek book ever read.  When I saw that the second book is considered its sequel I ordered Yesterday’s Son off Ebay and decided to read them both together.  This is the next book I plan to read.
  9. Q-Squared (Star Trek) My two favorite characters from Star Trek are Spock and Q so if I am in the mood to give my Trek book collection a go I am going to start with my favorites!
  10. Q-Space (Star Trek: The Next Generation #47; The Q Continuum, #1) & Q-Zone (Star Trek: The Next Generation #48; The Q Continuum, #2)  & Q-Strike (Star Trek: The Next Generation #49; The Q Continuum, #3) I have been looking at this trilogy sitting on my shelves for some time now and always thought I should read those.  This spring I might actually make that happen!

There you have my upcoming reads for Spring 2017,  what books are you planning to pick up next?

Top Ten Tuesday: Reading Rules

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March 7: On hiatus so I made my own again.

Top Ten Tuesday continues to be on hiatus this week so I have decided to think up my own again this week.

Ten Reading Rules I Follow

  1. Challenges: At first challenges sounded like fun.  I found a couple that I wanted to participate in and discovered that for me they suck the fun right out of reading as I am a mood reader and need to be in the mood for what I am reading.
  2. DNF: My standard rule for did not finishing a book is 50 pages. If I am not into a story by page 50 I move on.  I have recently decided that I need a DNF rule for audio books and for that format I will give it an hour to catch me.
  3. Audio: I have decided that I will use audio books to explore books outside my usual reading taste.  I have also decided to listen to audio books when I exercise and do chores instead of music.
  4. Shelving: There is only one way to properly shelve books.  Pay attention.  Left to right, top to bottom, alphabetized by author’s last name keeping series in reading order.  Don’t make me come and reorganize your stacks.
  5. Environment: I am easily distracted so I need silence when reading.  I have banished ticking clocks, noisy animals, and have been known to wear ear plugs when my husband is home to shut the world out so I can read.
  6. Buying: If a book is under a dollar then I will pick it up guilt free, most of the books on my to-read case at home are cheap books I picked up while thrifting or at library book sales.  I do make the effort to buy the latest releases from my favorite authors, however, even if I don’t always read them until the next year’s release…
  7. Rereading: In effort to justify my full price book purchases I make and keep I have the rule to reread a book or series each year.
  8. Weeding: Every once in a while we need to reevaluate the books in our home libraries.  Sometimes a series finishes or our taste change or we simply move on.  When that happens we need to weed those books from our shelves to make room for new titles we love.
  9. ARCS: When I started this blog I went a little ARC crazy over at Net Galley and requested way more than I should have.  I have a feeling this is something every new blogger does.  After a while, like point one with challenges, it sucked all the fun out of reading and I decided to make some rules.  I try to keep my ARC requests to authors I already read or those few titles that are simply too hard to resist.
  10. Current Read: Some people can read multiple books at once.  I am not one of those people.  I don’t like to start a new story when I am reading another.  The only exception I make is for audio books or NF titles.  Otherwise I stick to one book at a time.

There you have some of my reading rules.  What rules or habits do you have when it comes to reading?

Top Ten Tuesday: Not a Fan

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February 21: Ten Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time)

First off sorry I didn’t get a post out yesterday.  We left for town to get the car alignment done early and I just didn’t get around to it in the afternoon.  This week I am going to not select single books but paranormal series/authors that I just didn’t click with.  I tried to stick to major names that have wide fan bases and not just obscure authors few have heard of.  So shall we see who I’m just not a fan of?

Ten Paranormal Series I Didn’t Like

  1. Dark Prince (Dark, #1)  Christine Feehan: Took me several books before I realized that this author’s writing style and I didn’t gel.  It has been a while so I can’t remember exactly why she didn’t work for me just that I didn’t care for her series and decided to pursue greener pastures.
  2. A Hunger Like No Other (Immortals After Dark #2) Kresley Cole: Another series where I read several books into the series before abandoning.  Also, another series that I attempted so long ago that I forgot why.  Thank goodness for Goodreads otherwise, I would be picking up work by these authors that I don’t care for all the time…
  3. The Darkest Night (Lords of the Underworld #1) Gena Showalter: I so wanted to enjoy this author’s work that I attempted two different series by her.  Neither one clicked for me so now I know better than to pick up a tempting book by Ms. Showalter.  Pretty covers, though.
  4. Bitten & Smitten (Immortality Bites, #1) Michelle Rowen: Read like three books in this series.  It was enough.
  5. I Burn for You (Primes, #1) Susan Sizemore: Ditto.
  6. Betrayed (House of Night, #2) P.C. Cast: Picked up this series shortly after my Twilight phase.  Just didn’t care for it.  Too much poetry and too imature.
  7. Undead and Unwed (Undead, #1) MaryJanice Davidson: I tried with this world.  The main character ended up doing me in and I just couldn’t continue after like five books.  Not a fan.
  8. Kiss of Pride (Deadly Angels, #1) Sandra Hill: Just couldn’t get into the second book in this series.  I do own the next two books however so this one is the only series on the list that I will be making another attempt at someday…
  9. Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) Laurell K. Hamilton: This author and the next are so popular that I am almost ashamed to put them on the list.  I had to though because in the end I didn’t like either of these series one I managed to get like five books into before abandoning the other I dumped halfway through the second book.
  10. Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) Jim Butcher: See above.  Dumped halfway through book two.  Sorry but I could not stand his characters.

 

Well, I hope that I have not offended too many of you this week’s selections.  Just remember that just because something didn’t work for me doesn’t mean you won’t love it so go give these a try to make up your own mind whether they are good or not.  What authors haven’t worked for you?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Couples

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February 14: All About Romance Tropes/Types — top ten favorite hate-to-love romances (from books or movies or tv), top ten favorite (or least favorite) insta-love romances, favorite slow-burn romances, favorite star-crossed lovers, etc. etc. Can go so many ways with this one).

First off Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!  I know this is a made-up holiday and many people hate this day as much as I hate Mother’s Day.  Personally, I don’t really celebrate the holiday beyond using it as an excuse to go out for lunch and justifying a new book purchase.  For this week’s list I decided to share my favorite couples from the series I read.

My Ten Favorite Couples

  1. Halfway to the Grave (Night Huntress, #1) Bones and Cat: I also enjoy the couple in the spin-off Night Prince series almost as much as the original but wanted to limit each author to one spot on this list.  This will become more difficult in future picks as you will see. This series, however, was a great example of a strong female paired with a strong male.  This series isn’t so much about Cat as it is about the bond and chemistry between her and Bones.  They make this world.
  2. First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) Charley and Reyes: How could this couple not be on this list.  The dynamics between Charley and Reyes is off the chart!  I love watching these two work at couplehood.  They are such strong contrasts that can almost seem to flip in an instant.  Just when you think you have these two figured out they shift or trade persona and it has your head spinning.   Love these two!
  3. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Diana & Matthew: Sigh.  I so miss these two.
  4. Night Play (Dark-Hunter #5, Were-Hunter #1) Bride & Vane: This was a difficult series to pick just one couple from.  If you know the series it might surprise you that I picked these two.  Sure there were lots of great books but when I considered who to select I wanted to go with a couple I enjoyed together not just a book where I had a crush on the male lead.  This is probably the earliest case where that happen in the series.
  5. Cry Wolf (Alpha & Omega, #1) Anna & Charles:  What?   Why didn’t I pick Mercy and Adam?  Because while I love Mercy’s series I often feel that the chemistry between her and Adam falls flat. Anna and Charles have a richer dynamic that I love.
  6. Dead to the World (Sookie Stackhouse, #4) Sookie & Eric: Spoiler alert! But Sookie doesn’t end up with Eric… I know and that is why Ms. Harris is dead to me forever and I will not read another of her books.  I LOVED Sookie and Eric together and felt the entire series was about these two coming together only for the author to tear them apart in the last few books to pair Sookie up with the equivalent to a brother.  No fire at all between them.  Yes, I’m holding a grudge.  
  7. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) Merit & Ethan: As I’ve said before it took me four books to root for these two but when I finally jumped on board these two because one of my favorites.  I will miss them.
  8. Raphael (Vampires in America, #1) Raphael & Cyn: These two are hot and fortunately even though the series has moved its focus off of this couple we still get to check in with them every now and again in novellas.
  9. Lover Awakened (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #3)  Zsadist & Bella: This is another series where there were so many great couples to choose from I had a difficult time remembering who I enjoyed most.  I went with these two because their story is just so phenomenal.
  10. The Time Traveler's Wife Clare & Henry: The story of these two’s love just breaks my heart.  If you want a heart-wrenching bitter-sweet love affair then this is the book for you.  That last chapter, that last page man had me wiped out.  Such a beautiful story.

There you have some of my favorite couples this Valentine’s Day.  Who are some of your favorite couples?

Top Ten Tuesday: Never Ending Story…

Top Ten Tuesday

Welcome to another contribution to the wildly popular Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.  This week they ask us to share lists on the following:

February 7:  Top Ten Books I Wish Had (More/Less) X In Them

I searched all morning for a theme to fill in for X in this week’s list.  Some of the ideas I had were: Better Pacing, Less Sex, Fewer Flashbacks, Different Ending, Less Politics, More Action.  All great ideas in my opinion but I could never find more than one or two books to fit the criteria.  So I scrapped them all and decided to go with ‘Stories I wished had never ended’.   Sorry if it doesn’t exactly fit the theme…

Ten Stories I Wish Had Never Ended

  1. My Name Is Memory This is a stand-alone book that was so good that I wish it could have been a series.  The author could have also taken this theme and followed other characters that went through the same drama of being reincarnated over and over again.  The history and exotic location along with that reincarnation theme made this a book where I wish there was more.
  2. Some Girls Bite (Chicagoland Vampires, #1) They say all good things come to an end and it might be that I am about 80 pages from finishing the last book in this series that earned the Chicagoland Vampires series a spot on this list.  It took me about three or four books to fall for Merit and Ethan but to know we won’t be a part of their lives anymore makes me sad…
  3. High Stakes (Vegas Vampires, #1) This is a fun quartet of books set in Vegas.  It appears that the author tends to write a set of four books and then moves on to something new.  Not a big deal but I kind of liked this world and wish we could have explored it longer.
  4. Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) Loved this series and I was so sad to see it end.  Again, I understand all good things must end but I felt some of the characters still had potential.  Fortunately, we do have a brand new prequel, The Turn (released today go check out my review), which gives us another taste from this series so who knows maybe there will be more to come.
  5. Wildwood Dancing (Wildwood, #1) This was a sweet little YA duology of books that felt like there should have been so much more.  There were a set of sisters, I can no longer remember how many, and only two of them got their own stories.  I was hoping that we would get to see all of them find a H.E.A.
  6. Archetype Another duology of books that I wished was a longer series.  This one had so much potential and the author’s writing was amazing.  I haven’t seen anything by her afterward but I do see on social media that she is working on something new.
  7. A Discovery of Witches (All Souls Trilogy, #1) Loved this trilogy so much that I reread all the books each time a new one was released.  I have heard rumors that there will be some prequels to come.  Fingers crossed.
  8. Up From the Grave (Night Huntress #7) Awesome kick-ass urban fantasy series are never long enough in my opinion. Of course, some people feel that they can go stale but if I am digging a world and love the characters I simply never want to say good-bye.
  9. Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side (Jessica, #1) A YA duology that could have been so much more…  I also feel like this is a lesser known set of books so please go check these books out!
  10. Redshirts A stand-alone title that works quite well as a stand-alone, actually.  In this instance, I wish we would have had some stories set in the crazy world before they figured out what was happening.  I guess if one want that, however, one can simply watch Star Trek and experience the same campy fun. Excellent read.

Well there you have my doesn’t-really-fit-the-theme list for this week.  I almost just skipped it but decided since I promised a list in yesterday’s post I should deliver…. Feel free to share links to your lists in the comments!