Top Ten Tuesday: Unpopular Bookish Opinions


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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?

Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Bookish Couples


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This week’s theme is of course Valentine’s Day related. It’s all about our favourite couples. I just want to preface this post by saying that if I could have just listed couples from R.S. Grey’s books, I would have. Every single one of the couples she writes just melt my heart. But for the sake of variation, I’ll only list my favourite one of her couples along with nine others.

Enjoy! And happy early Valentine’s Day. May you all be blessed with plenty of chocolate, flowers, candles, wine, and books.


1. Emma & Jack from Can You Keep A Secret? by Sophie Kinsella


2. Celaena & Chaol from Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas (yes, despite only having read the first one I’m aware of things that happen but just let me have my moment in denial because ignorance is bliss)


3. Anna & Étienne from Anna & the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins


4. Shahrzad & Khalid from The Wrath & the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh (not to be dramatic, which means i’m about to be super extra, but like I would DIE FOR THEM OKAY)


5. Arsinoe & ??? from Three Dark Crowns by Kendare Blake (I’m not spoiling a damn thing but in one of the books of this series you will LOVE THEM)


6. Daisy & Lucas from Anything You Can Do by R.S. Grey


7. Molly & Reid from The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli


8. Penny & Sam from Emergency Contact by Mary H.K. Choi


9. Summer & Colin from The Chase by Elle Kennedy


10. Marianne & Connell from Normal People by Sally Rooney (this book broke my heart in ways I’m still too fragile to deal with. I spent this past Saturday crying like a baby because this book will do that to you)

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent Additions to my TBR


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This week’s theme is the ten most recent additions to my to be read list. I’ll be honest, I don’t add books as often as I used to to my to-read list on Goodreads. I mean some of these additions date back to the beginning of October. Lately, I only do it if it’s a book I’m scared I might forget I want to purchase because I don’t see it hyped every two seconds on twitter or around the blogging world.

Here’s my list, sorted by when I added them, of the most recent additions to my to-read list on Goodreads. If any of you have read these, let me know what you thought! I’d love to know if there’s a book I should be reading sooner rather than later.

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1. Sky Without Stars by Jessica Brody & Joanne Rendell | 2. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss by Kasie West | 3. We Came Here to Forget by Andrea Dunlop

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4. Snow in Love by Kasie West/Melissa de la Cruz/Aimee Friedman/Nic Stone | 5. My Dear Hamilton by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie | 6. America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray & Laura Kamoie

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7. The Romanov Empress by C.W. Gortner | 8. The Things We Cannot Say by Kelly Rimmer | 9. Watching You by Lisa Jewell | 10. The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter 2018 TBR


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This week’s theme is the top ten books that are on our winter TBR. There’s so many books I plan to get through just over the holiday season. The boy is gone home to England for another three weeks and I have two five day weekends off from my job. That’s a lot of free time. I also have a few days where I’m working 11 hours and one Sunday, but no one is going to be coming to the office looking for a house during the holidays, nor will there be many brokers here, so I have some pretty chill days with lots of reading time ahead for me at reception. Best job ever? I think so.

Here’s my list, sorted by release date, of books sitting at home that I plan to get to this winter.

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) P.S. I Still Love You (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #2)

1. The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson | 2. The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss | 3. P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

Caraval (Caraval, #1) Two Dark Reigns (Three Dark Crowns, #3) The Light Over London

4. Caraval by Stephanie Garber | 5. Two Dark Reigns by Kendare Blake | 6. The Light Over London by Julia Kelly

Looker Her One Mistake The Cold Is in Her Bones Serious Moonlight

7. Looker by Laura Sims | 8. Her One Mistake by Heidi Perks | 9. The Cold is in Her Bones by Peternelle van Arsdale | 10. Serious Moonlight by Jenn Bennett