Top Ten Great Loves

What IS a great love, anyway? In this post, it could mean a tragic love or a sweet love.. so I guess it should really just be Top Ten Interesting Loves- but that sounds less cool.

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

1) The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender

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This book is flooded with love! One thing that’s great about it is that it follows the viewpoints of three generations of women, all scorched horribly in some way by love. It’s a beautiful and unusual book, and I’m looking forward to getting the review up!

2) The Summoning

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This one makes the list because – I think – it was the first book I ever read with love in it. I absolutely loved the way love worked in this book: the characters started out hating each other. Derick is just NOT your typical male hunk and I adored that about him. (And no, this isn’t a case of a strange and mysterious man with a dark past. It’s seriously unique.)

3) Cress

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I’m not going to spoil anything!! (But it’s great. Read it.)

4) We Never Asked for Wings

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You know a book’s good when you bring it up in conversation months after first reading it. This one addressed the conflict between a woman’s true love and the available love (sorta.. best way I can explain it) and there was a whole “I’m not waiting to be your backup” portion that I loved.

5) Fairest

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Sorry about the double-Lunar-Chronicles, but I feel like I can do this because they’re two entirely different types of love. The love in Cress was so cute and sweet, but the love in Fairest is twisted and desperate. It’s also undying if you’re looking at who’s loving who.

6) The Winner’s Curse

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I love the idea of love between a master and servant- it’s something I haven’t read a whole lot of. What really made this book was how the love between the two shaped the decisions that weren’t connected to each other.

7) White Cat

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In a world where a worker can force someone to love someone else, I love the idea of the main characters trying to sort out their actual feelings. (Or.. character. The other one doesn’t knooooow) This was such a good book. Gotta reread it soon to get to Black Heart.

8) Unwind

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This one’s in here solely because of how Connor reacted when told to write a letter to his parents. Sometimes the love between child and parent can overcome even the most disgusting of deeds.

Aaaaaaaand, that’s eight! But when do I ever make it to ten, anyways? Looking forward to this week’s TTTs!

Double Tags! Coffee Tag and More Happy than Not

I’m so thrilled to have been chosen by Cait at Paper Fury and Joey at Thoughts and Afterthoughts for the Coffee Book Tag and More Happy than Not! I’ve decided to do them together- doing the coffee tag as usual and sticking in my “More Happy than Not” moments below.

The I Am More Happy Than Not Tag was adapted by Shelumiel @ Bookish and Awesome as a companion to Adam Silvera’s upcoming novel More Happy Than Not. There aren’t any rules for this tag than to simply highlight ways you’ve been able to express happiness from the things—big and small—in your life.

 

Danni Mae Coffee Tag

 

 

Note: Many thanks to The Book Dame for helping me figure out how to make that picture above. She’d have made it better (less blurry, prettier) but I’m going to start with baby steps. Continue reading

Bout of Books Read-a-Thon Progress

Oh dear.

So remember how I said this was my first read-a-thon? Apparently even such a low-stress event like this can be done horribly wrong. The book I’ve chosen for my first in the read-a-thon in fringing on being a DNF, and as a result I’ve made very little progress. About 40% today, counting for a total 60% read (20% of which I finished before the read-a-thon started). It’s not a TERRIBLE book- it’s just not interesting enough for me to read nonstop, and I feel that an event like this deserves a book that can be devoured. That being said, I’m taking a break from it and I’ll be starting my next book without finishing the current one.

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