Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Things to Eat/Drink While Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is our favourite things to snack on or drink while reading. I have to admit, I can be a snacker while reading. And nothing makes me happier than a good drink to sip on while I’m immersed in a book.

1. Iced vanilla latte – my number one forever

2. Chai latte – the most soothing drink in the fall

3. Iced tea – the real stuff though, not the sugary crap in a can

4. Water – got to stay hydrated, right?

5. Wine – nothing better than winding down after a long day with a glass of wine and a good book

6. Beer – there’s this cute craft beer place beside my office and at the beginning of the week it’s always nice and quiet

7. Indian takeout – let’s be real, I eat from that restaurant once a week minimum so I’m bound to be reading during one of the many times I get takeout

8. Pad thai – my other takeout weakness

9. Pasta – if I could live off of pasta only, I would. Plus it’s a perfect reading snack because you’re using a fork so you’ll never have to worry about dirtying the pages

10. Carrot cake – I’m such a savoury type of person when it comes to food, but I can never refuse a good carrot cake

Top Ten Tuesday: Characters I’d Want to Be Besties With

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is characters I’d love to be besties with and wow, do I ever have a lot of those. Of course, there’s always book boyfriends/girlfriends that we all fall in love with and we wish we could find a real life version of them, but besties are just as important too (probably more, let’s be real here). Life sucks without a good best friend by your side. I honest to god don’t know what I’d do without mine (love you to the moon and back Jess). So in honour of best friends and how freaking great they are, here’s my list of top ten characters I’d want to be besties with.

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1. Arsinoe from the Three Dark Crowns series by Kendare Blake

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2. Dorian from the Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

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3. Madison from Make Me Bad by R.S. Grey

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4. Lauren from The Accidental Girlfriend by Emma Hart

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5. Lara Jean from the To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before series by Jenny Han

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6. Penelope from Flutter by Carrie Aarons

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7. Simon from Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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8. Jeremiah from The Summer I Turned Pretty series by Jenny Han

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9. Ronan from The Raven Boys series by Maggie Stiefvater

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10. Brooke from The Fortunate Ones by R.S. Grey

Top Ten Tuesday: Auto-Buy Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is our top ten auto-buy authors. There are so many authors out there whose books I wholeheartedly enjoy. But there are some who even hint at a new book coming out and I’m line “LINK ME, I’M BUYING THAT RIGHT NOW.” There’s even a few out there who could write a kitchen appliance manual and I’d still drop money on it because I trust their writing that much. I’m pretty sure I put the trust I should have in people in my everyday life into authors because really, who is going to bring me as much joy as an R.S. Grey rom-com?

Enough rambling though. Enjoy the list of authors who have earned the right to my money for pretty much every book they’ll ever release.

Also, I know this is a top TEN tuesday, but there’s really only five authors who I will buy anything and everything for. There’s others who I love enough that there’s a high probability I’ll purchase what they write, but I’d need to see a synopsis first. These are the ultimate. The king and queens of my credit card and literary life.

1. R.S. Grey
Queen of romantic comedy. I’ve read ten of her books (possibly more) and I’ve loved every single one. She has earned her spot on this list and then some.

2. V.E. Schwab
Vicious. That’s all I have to say. That book changed my life and she can rob my bank account for all I care for giving me my favourite novel of all time.

3. Sarah J. Maas
She literally has taken all of my money. I own all of her books except for two IN HARDCOVER and I don’t buy hardcovers 99% of the time. I’m a cheap bitch who has no problem waiting a year for a paperback. But for SJM? I need her books and I need them now.

4. Renée Ahdieh
The Wrath & the Dawn duology owns my heart forever. And while I haven’t completed her other books yet, I have faith that I’ll love them too.

5. Brandon Sanderson
Look. I know I only started reading The Final Empire this week. But it’s love at first sentence. And I have never heard a single bad thing about his books. I’ve even suggested him to fantasy lovers in my life for the past few years and I’ve been thanked for it. So everything points in the right direction for Sanderson. I trust him completely.

Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is our unpopular bookish opinions. Not going to lie, I don’t know how entirely unpopular these will be, but I feel like a lot of them are. I’d love to know if you guys agree with me or if you have differing opinions. Let me know in the comments down below! You can link your posts as well. I really want to know what your guys’ unpopular opinions are.

1. Love triangles aren’t that bad
This one I know is unpopular. Everyone seems to hate love triangles. And I totally get why. They’re overdone and mostly done pretty badly. However, when one is done right and doesn’t make you cringe repeatedly, it makes for a good read. I’m a sucker for a good love triangle.

2. Deckled edges are cute
Only on hardcovers though. I still hate them with every fibre of my being on paperbacks or soft covers.

3. Enough with the constant special editions of books
How many editions of Harry Potter does everyone need? Even with new releases (especially YA fantasy), there are a million different versions in different stores with a special map or a different cover or an extra story. I just think it’s getting a little excessive.

4. Dual perspectives are the best
I have no idea if this is unpopular or not to be honest. But I find that I tend to enjoy books more when they are dual perspective (more than two is always nice as well). It’s nice to get into the heads of more than one characters. It makes the story more complete.

5. YA books can be read at any age
These will be my last words, I swear to god. I wish I could scream this from the rooftops. YA CAN BE READ BY WHOEVER WANTS TO READ IT. There is nothing that gets me going more than some jackass who says that I’m too old to read YA. I can read whatever I damn well please. I’m living this life to be happy and I’m going to read whatever piques my interest.

6. Paperbacks all day everyday
Hardcovers are great and all, but I will always prefer paperbacks. They’re less expensive and easier to carry around. As someone who always takes a book wherever I go, the less space it takes up in my bag the better.

7. It’s ok to review a book you didn’t like
I notice that quite a few people don’t want to review a book they didn’t like because they don’t want to seem mean. It’s ok to not like a book and to want to talk about it on your blog. As long as it’s not a personal attack on an author then by all means speak your mind. You’re not being mean, you’re just being honest.

8. The fake dating trope is the superior trope
I don’t make the rules. That’s just how it is. Nothing can make me pick up a book faster than seeing the words fake dating. It’s so cheesy and cute and it’s rare I won’t enjoy it.

9. Five Feet Apart was terrible
My god. This book was bad. So bad. I keep seeing five star reviews everywhere and it makes me wonder if everyone else read a different book than I did. It was choppy and rushed and not once did I feel emotionally connected to the story or the main characters.

10. Rainbow shelves are cute but not in my house
Sure, rainbow shelves are aesthetically pleasing for Instagram and all that, but you will never ever see them in my house. It would drive me insane to not have series placed together and to have to constantly remember what colour the book is in order to find it.

Top Ten Tuesday: Standalone Books That Need A Sequel

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature over at That Artsy Reader Girl.

This week’s theme is standalone books that we think need a sequel. I love a good standalone. There’s something about a single book that can be so powerful that you know the story is going to stick with you for a very long time. However, I’m also a little greedy and totally want more. So here’s my list of ten books where I wouldn’t mind if the author randomly decided to drop a second one.

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1. Normal People by Sally Rooney
Clearly I am the biggest masochist ever because oh my god, this book broke my heart so much. Just thinking about it, it’s significance to me, and the weird similarities it had to my life and a relationship is getting me a little (a lot) teary eyed right now.

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2. Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks
I really just want to know how the characters went on to live their lives and the answer to a really big question I had at the end of the novel.

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3. Love, Sincerely, Yours by Sara Ney & Meghan Quinn
Um, more of Peyton and Rome please.

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4. Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi
I hope Penny and Sam are living very happy lives right now.

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5. When We Collided by Emery Lord
How has Vivi’s life turned out?

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6. Swear on This Life by Renée Carlino
Emiline better be happily living out her days.

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7. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Look I love them, but they’re fundamentally different, so would they really work out?

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8. The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman
I want a book to tell me everything that happened between the last chapter and the epilogue.

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9. The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli
How is my favourite nerd doing? I hope he’s happy.

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10. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
Who wouldn’t want another book about one of the cutest YA couples of all time?