Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’ve Been Avoiding and Why

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Thankful Freebie,” but because I have a couple of TTT posts in my drafts I didn’t get a chance to share, I am going to post one of those. This posts’s topic is “Books On My TBR I’m Avoiding Reading and Why” and lo and behold, I didn’t have to change a single one of these on my list because I am still avoiding them all. Covers are linked to Goodreads.

1. They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera – I’ve learned to space out my Adam Silvera books because he just loves to rip out readers’ hearts and stomp on them. I do really want to get to this one before the year ends. Stomp away, Adam, stomp away.

2. Jade City by Fonda Lee – I love fantasy and I’ve been getting into more adult fantasy lately, but this one is so thick and every time I look at it I think of all the other books I can get through during the same period of time.

3. I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sánchez – I think my expectations for this one are just so high which is why I’ve now been avoiding it for years.

4. Love, Life, and the List by Kasie West – I’ve been terrible at picking up Kasie West novels lately. Maybe I’m just in the mood for something different in terms of the contemporaries. I’ve had this one for a while and started it a couple of times, only to get that nagging feeling that I’m not going to like it. I might skip it all together if I’m honest.

5. Vicious by VE. Schwab – Another book I’ve avoided. I am pretty sure I will love it and yet it just sits there on my shelf looking all sad.

6. Now I Rise by Kiersten White – I loved And I Darken and have no excuse for putting this off other than I haven’t been in the mood to see these characters suffer. It’s now been so long I’m in need of a reread before picking this one up.

7. Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik– I’ve had high expectations for this one because of how much I loved Uprooted, but a couple of other bloggers who have similar taste said they didn’t enjoy this one as much which has me hesitant to pick it up.

8. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco – I put this one off last year and there’s just been so many other books to pick up, I think I’ve forgotten my love for this duo. I really do plan on reading it and finishing off the series, but probably not until next year.

9. Monstress, Vol. 3: Haven by Marjorie M. Liu, Illustrated by Sana Takeda – So me avoiding this one goes something like this…”I just don’t want to say goodbye, okay? And I have no idea if this is the actual end, but I’ve always assumed as much and that’s why I’ve avoided it. What is this? People talking about a volume four? I’m laughing rn because I am so dumb, haha.”

10. Froi of the Exiles by Melina Marchetta – The only reason I’ve avoided this and the next book is because I know I need a reread of Finnikin and I have to be in the mood for it and that just hasn’t happened.

Have you been avoiding any of these as well? Let me know in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post, so I can visit.

The Friday 56: Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

“I’m glad Owen has spoken to the ‘press,’ because there is no way I will. The thought of being contacted by a student reporter for a response is wild, and kind of funny. Me, the topic of a breaking news story? My high school newspaper barely wants to interview me about registering senior citizens to vote, and now I have to face the fact that I may be the talk of the summer program.

I loved the contemporary romance Truly Madly Royally by Debbie Rigaud. If you like swoony reads with driven characters and a romance that is built on communication rather than misunderstandings, this is the read for you. Read my snapshot review here. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “Fiercely independent and smart, Zora Emerson wants to change the world. She’s excited to be attending a prestigious summer program, even if she feels out of place among her privileged, mostly white classmates. So she’s definitely not expecting to feel a connection to Owen, who’s an actual prince of an island off the coast of England. But Owen is funny, charming…and undeniably cute. Zora can’t ignore the chemistry between them. When Owen invites Zora to be his date at his big brother’s big royal wedding, Zora is suddenly thrust into the spotlight, along with her family and friends. Everyone is talking about her, in real life and online, and while Owen is used to the scrutiny, Zora’s not sure it’s something she can live with. Can she maintain her sense of self while moving between two very different worlds? And can her feelings for Owen survive and thrive in the midst of the crazy? Find out in this charming romantic comedy that’s like The Princess Diaries for a new generation.”

Top Ten Tuesday: Changes in My Reading Life

Top Ten Tuesday is an original blog meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. and is currently being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is “Changes In My Reading Life.” I love this week’s topic. A few of these habits have fluctuated one way or another. I kind of love that even though I love a certain genre right now that doesn’t mean I won’t love a different genre with the same kind of fervor or that I won’t return to the first genre of my heart. Sometimes my reading habits change because I change and other times they change because of circumstances, but I still have a big passion for books and I can’t see that changing anytime soon.

1. I read just as many contemporaries as I do fantasy – When I first started blogging, I would say my favorite genre was without a doubt fantasy and while I would probably still argue this, in recent years I’ve renewed by love for contemporaries. Now I’m just as likely to reach for a contemporary as a fantasy novel.

2. I read less – I’ve been on Goodreads for a few years now and you can see how my reading goal and final count has trended down. I feel like I’m in a really good place though. I’m not reading a hundred titles, but I am almost enjoying everything I’ve picked up and not stressing when it comes to numbers.

3. I read more enjoyable books – Maybe it’s because I’m just picking up more diverse titles that are consistently more enjoyable, or I’m more likely to put down a book I’m not enjoying, or I’m more picky with what I pick up because I know I only have so much time to read, but my average rating is much higher now than it’s been in years.

4. I joined social media – Before I started blogging, I wasn’t on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, but now I am on Twitter and IG. I never pictured myself as someone who’d be invested in these platforms, but I don’t think I could live without Twitter.

5. I enjoy giving books away – I used to buy books and keep them because I wanted a big library, but as more time passes (and the less space I have), the easier it’s been for me to unhaul books. I would rather my personal library be about books I love rather than quantity.

Have you started reading less over the years? Do you find yourself being more discriminatory when it comes to which books you pick up? Let me hear from you in the comments and be sure to leave me a link to your own TTT post!