Best Books I’ve Read in 2017 So Far…

Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this weekly meme! This week’s theme: Best Books I’ve Read in 2017.

Torture. I tell ya. Creating this week’s theme evokes torture. But, I’m treading lightly as best as I can. I guess I’ll practice for my inevitable 2017 end-of-year top 20! Ugh.

How will I create my list? Genre breakdown? Debut authors? Veteran? How about a giant love fest of whatever raised my spirits so far this year? Yeah. That’s the ticket.

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Worst Dads in Literature

Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this weekly meme! This week: The Worst Dads in literature (Plus, two dads well-deserving of being the best!)

Father’s Day is this Sunday. My husband looks forward to spending time with our children with his feet up and his favorite Mexican dish by his side. No questions asked. He’s a good husband and father. So, I have no issue paying tribute to him. I almost hate putting him anywhere near the list I’m making. But, I’ve known him for over twenty years and he serves as a total opposite to the “men” listed.


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10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List

(Thanks to The Broke and The Bookish for hosting this weekly meme on Tuesdays!)

Books Glorious Books!

As a Book Dragon living without shame, I come across various books in a myriad of genres piquing my interest. Do I grab all of them? I wish. However, some of them find their place on my TBR eventually.

More books. Do they know me at all?

Here are ten with a new placement on my list:

Story of O Adult/Erotica – Everybody has their kink.

Akata Witch (Akata Witch, #1) Fantasy (I’m not a Fantasy fan, but when a title moves me, I read the book)

Out of the Easy Historical Fiction (I’m more of a modern historical fiction – 1950s to 1990s. This is set in 1950s New Orleans)

The Hearts We Sold Paranormal Fantasy (Girl makes deal with Devil. Sold)

The Summer that Melted Everything

Magical Realism (Boy comes to town and claims to be the Devil. I’m noticing a trend)

Bad Romance


The Gallery of Unfinished Girls

Magical Realism

The Boy in the Black Suit

Young Adult (Male protagonist. I don’t venture into the male point of view often)

I See London, I See France (I See London, I See France, #1)

New Adult (I don’t venture into this demographic category. New territory)

There's Someone Inside Your House

Young Adult/Horror

Well, these ten books seek to feed my addiction. Some I’ll read this summer and others I’ll get to eventually. We all have our favorite genres (Mine: Contemporary/Psychological Thrillers/YA). Branching out helps discover great stories and push our minds into uncharted territory.

What are ten books of any genre have you added to your TBR list?

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Book Releases for 2017’s Second Half

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme I participate and created by The Broke and The Bookish. Today’s conversational topic: Your Top Ten Anticipated Releases during 2017’s Second Half.

I am an unapologetic . I create this list while I scan my summer’s TBR, staring me in the eye and laughing as it threatens to topple onto my floor. First-world problems.

Nevertheless, I plan to add to the book avalanche from the corner of my eye with the following releases. I possess no shame.

 I have no idea other than the cover. Yes, I did the unthinkable. I judged by cover alone. Release Date: July 25th

 I adore Ms. Senna’s previous works, I’ll follow her to the moon. Release date: August 1 (On pre-order)

 Based on Ms. Slaughter’s previous works and reputation, I plan to read this thriller. Release date: August 20th

 I have an ARC awaiting me. It looks suspenseful. Release date: August 22nd. 

 That title! Have I been there before? Release date: August 29th.

 Another title grabber! Release date: August 29th.

 Milly’s mother is a serial killer. Enough said. Where do I buy? Release date: September 5th.

 Last year, I read Ms Ng’s Everything I Never Told You, and while not the biggest fan (3/5), I’m willing to follow her to the next book. I sense more suburban and cultural isolation. Release September 12th.

 Three women and a car accident’s aftermath. Drama unfolds. Release date: September 12th.

 If you remember my top 10 about what makes me snatch a book, anything London grabs me. Along with the title, yeah, the location’s a winner. Release date: November 1st.

Looks like August takes the cake in anticipated releases. Will they pan out? My wallet and calendar hopes so. What are you anticipating during 2017’s second half? Share your list down below.

Do I share this fear? Impossible.

If you like the meme, feel free to share your link with The Broke and The Bookish and join the fun.

Happy Reading!


Top Ten Tuesday: My Summer 2017 TBR

(Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.)

Cute pedicures. Cool glasses of lemonade. Chic sundresses and sandals. Summer’s coming. Well, that’s almost every day of the year (I live in Southern California, sue me!).

But, for those pining for summer’s kiss, it’s arriving fast.

For readers, summer’s promise brings more time to relax and read. My TBR’s an avalanche (I’m not complaining). But, I’ve created a list of ten books, I definitely plan to read.

However, I do have some rules for reading this summer.

  • Nothing too deep. Summer’s for relaxing, right?
  • Fast pace. Summer brings me extra time, but the season also brings extra distraction (e.g. my children are home, festivals, bright sunshine). I need to read fast.

Here goes…

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Top Ten Tuesday #3: Ten Book Turn-offs

Every Tuesday I participate in a Top Ten Tuesday meme, selecting ten examples of whatever bookish (or non-bookish) topic out there.
For this week’s Top Ten, inspired by Broke and Bookish,  Top Ten Reasons to Not Buy a Book.
1. Insta-love. Meet Sue. Meet Bob. Strangers in the first chapter, they find they cannot live without each other by second chapter. Does anyone know people like them in real life? No. I thought so. However, authors and publishers believe these cliche needs to continue, especially in young adult fiction. Give the trope a rest. Trust me.
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2. Books over 400 pages. Time’s precious. Between raising two boys, sharing moments with my husband, working, and breathing, I prefer to use my time wisely. When I read, I don’t want to feel as if I’m trogging along. I want a good plot, great characters, and special dialogue within 400 pages. No more, but maybe less.

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