TOP TEN TUESDAY : LEAST TO MOST FAVORITE ROMANCE TROPES

Happy TTT! The theme this week is a genre freebie. So I thought of listing down romance tropes in the order of my least to most favorite romance tropes. Bear in mind, this order keeps changing for me, especially the most favorite ones. I’m keeping it simple this time.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

 

  • Abduction or Kidnap: Stockholm syndrome is not my thing.

  • Love Triangle: I abhor love triangles, especially when a character strings two people around.

  • Instant love or love at first sight: Instant attraction – Yes. Instant love – No.

  • Cohabitation Romance: Love between the roomies? The storytelling is almost always predictable.

  • Forbidden Love: Who can deny the charm of a forbidden romance? Apparently me. I don’t necessarily hate it. But I won’t pick up a book solely because of this trope.

  • Second Chance: This trope has so much potential! But lately, books with this trope has been disappointing me with the poor and predictable quality of storytelling.

  • Arranged Marriage: Mix this trope with POC characters and you’ve got me convinced!

  • Fake Relationship: It’s an overused trope. But I find such giddiness when I find a rare story that uses it in a refreshing way!

  • Friends to lovers: When executed well, this trope brings me unbridled happiness.

  • Enemies to lovers: Oh yes! Bring me all that unresolved tension.

TOP TEN TUESDAY : SPRING-SUMMER TBR

Hello everyone! I hope everyone is doing well. These are tough times. Please stay cautious and take extra care of yourself!

The topic for this week’s TTT is Spring TBR. Where I live (Bangladesh), we have six seasons, with each season having 2 months. Summer starts Mid-April here. So a Spring TBR would be too short. That’s why, I’m listing my Spring-Summer TBR here.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


 

 

You Deserve Each Other by Sarah Hogle

A romance between two fiances who have fallen out of love with each other, but cannot call off the wedding. Pranks, sabotage and rediscovering love are my favorite things in a romance. Can’t wait!

 

 

 

What I Like About You by Marisa Kanter

Internet friends turning into IRL crush?

Count me in!

 

 

 

 

The Heart Principle

The third installment of what has become my favorite series and featuring a character that I absolutely adored previously. And to add to that, it’s a the author’s take on a gender swapped Sabrina?

Can you blame me for being excited?

 

 

Someday in Paris by Olivia Lara

A story of star-crossed lovers set in Paris in the 1950s?

Tell me more.

 

 

 

 

The Trouble With Hating You by Sanji Patel

An engineer and a lawyer meeting being set up by their parents. Both people of color and Asian? Is this  the book I’ve been waiting for all my life?

Stay tuned.

 

 

 

The Tourist Attraction by Sarah Morganthaler

I have a feeling a vacation romance is just the thing I’ll need during what I expect to be a scorching Summer.

 

 

 

Beach Read by Emily Henry

Two authors of opposing genres stuck spending the summer in the same place, strike a deal to overcome their respective creative ruts.

I don’t think I can survive the potential disappointing such a brilliant idea not living up to its potential.

 

 

 

More Than Maybe Erin Hahn

So what if my ARC request for this cute YA about a music blogger, and the son of the punk rock musician got declined? (Cries in rivers)

I am still allowed to be excited for this!

 

 

Head Over Heels by Hannah Orenstein

A journey of a former Olympic gymnast finding herself. I’m hoping for a healthy dose of emotional payoff from this book.

 

 

 

 

Daughter of the Reich by Louise Fein

The daughter of a high-ranking Nazi official forced to choose between her loyalty to her country and an impossible love.

Such a compelling synopsis, and perfect for my recent interest in fiction set in World War II.

TOP TEN TUESDAY : LAST 10 BOOKS THAT GAVE ME BOOK HANGOVER

The topic for this week’s TTT is Authors with Fun Social Media Presence. I unfortunately don’t really follow authors on social media, so this topic is not for me. So I’m going to do a topic from 2 weeks ago that I had been interested in but could not end up doing.

I define book hangover as something that makes it difficult for me to move on from a book. It could be both a good thing or a bad.

It’s about the last 10 books that gave me book hangover. Better late than never!


       

Cheese in the Trap : This webtoon or graphic novel has the most realistic and compelling portrayal about human nature. It’s based on the college life of student Hong Sul who suddenly finds a senior Jung Yoo being friendly to her. It’s jarring because she suspects that the terrible things that happened to her last year was all thanks to him.

The characters in this are all so fascinating. I finished the 301 chapters in a day!

The Two Lives of Lydia Bird : This wasn’t a good sort of book hangover. Rather, it was the longing for more that made it hard for me to move on. More insight into a certain character. A longing for perhaps a different sort of execution. Or just a better closure maybe.

Wild at Heart : I was so sucked into the world of the Alaskan wilderness, that it  took me some time to get out of it. The book is perhaps a little too domestic for some people, but I savored every little thing about it.

If I Never Met You : A strong independent woman rediscovering herself and her life after breaking up with her long-term boyfriend. I was fully invested in her journey. *Whispers* And the fake romance trope…

Chasing Lucky : It’s not perfect, but this YA had just the right amount of teenage angst and misadventures to draw me in. Also, Lucky is reason enough for a book hangover.

Lucky Caller : A group of unlikely students are brought together because of an assignment about having a radio show of  their own. What follows is a hilarious and warm tale of friendship and love.

Where the Lost Wander : A poignant love story at the backdrop of the Oregon trail and traversing the Wild West back in the the 1850s. It’s not an easy read but gripping all the same. What’s amazing is that it’s based on a real story of real people.

Headliners : A love story of two rival TV presenters who are forced by circumstances to co-host a morning show. Need I say more?

Ninth House : This one has a lot of mixed reviews. But I found the story and the universe compelling enough to move on from.

Bring Down the Duke : No book has since been able to surpass the effect that this amazing gem of a book had in me. I loved this love story between a duke and a destitute blue stocking with the backdrop of the suffrage movement so much! I found it hard for a week to read anything else. I kept going back to it. Talk about a massive book hangover.


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY: Favorite Books With Single-Word Titles

Time for another Top Ten Tuesday! The theme for the week is “Books With Single-Word Titles”.  I was confused. Should I just list random books with single word titles? Or should it be books I have read? So I went with the single-word titles that I enjoyed.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Emma by Jane Austen


Persuasion by Jane Austen

Rebecca by Daphne du Murier

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

 

Frederica by Georgette Heyer

 

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

 

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Transcend by Jewel E Ann

Kulti by Mariana Zapata


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Characters I’d Follow On Social Media

Happy Tuesday, guys! The topic for week’s TTT is characters I’d follow on Social Media, something I really found interesting!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


Disclaimer: Okay, if I had the choice I’d definitely follow all Harry Potter characters on my social media. But I’m just picking the top three characters for this list.

Ron Weasley (Harry Potter)

The thought of Ron Weasley and his sarcastic and witty quips to lighten up my social media makes me so happy!

Fred & George Weasley (Harry Potter)

I have a feeling that the Weasley twins would be the Meme king and post the funniest prank videos.

Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

Anyone remember that one time Luna Lovegood did commentary for the quidditch match? What I wouldn’t give to find commentary like that regularly on my social media feed!

Karou (Daughter of Smoke & Bones)

Karou would post her amazing art and fill my feed with awesome aesthetics!

Calla (The Simple Wild)

Aesthetics. Aesthetics. Aesthetics. She lives in Alaska and would give me travel goals!

Rhysand (A Court of Thorns and Roses)

I’d love Rhysand and his brand of humor on social media. Besides, I’d also get great pics of the gang!

Lucy Hutton (The Hating Game)

Lucyyy! Okay, to be honest, as much as I love her, my prime reason for following her would be getting glimpses of Joshua because I really don’t see him ever getting a social media or being active on it.

Anabelle (Bringing Down the Duke)

Anabelle would be lovely to follow on social media. I’d not only get updates on her suffrage movement but also get to see glimpses of her life with my favorite duke!

Emma (Emma)

Out of all Austen characters, I think Emma would be the most fascinating on social media.

Blair Waldorf (Gossip Girl)

As much as the books suck, I will forever be grateful to them for the character of Blair Waldorf. She’s someone I’d obsessively stalk on social media!


 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : MOST ANTICIPATED JAN – APRIL RELEASES OF 2020

Happy 2020, lovely people! First TTT of the year. So, I have many many books that I’m looking forward to this year. So because I can’t narrow my TBR list from first half of 2020 to 10, I’ll only just list my anticipated releases for the first four months of the year.

 


 


The Map from Here to There by Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord is among my all-time favorite YA books. The sequel releases today and my hands are itching real bad to get my hands on it!


Release Date: January 7th 2020

 

 


Lucky Caller by Emma Mills

Emma Mills is my favorite YA author who keeps churn out one great YA after another so consistently over the years. I hope I’m not jinxing it, though. She had me at radio hijinks and childhood friend with this one.

 

Release Date: January 14th 2020

 

 


Crescent City by Sarah J. Maas

An all new Sarah J. Maas series is coming to make obsess and agonize over. Not to mention the endless waits between releases Yay me!

P.S. How amazing is this cover?

Release Date: March 3, 2020

 

 


The Two Lives of Lydia Bird by Josie Silver

As if it wasn’t enough for Josie Silver to play with my heart in One Day in December, she’s back with a story of alternate lives of the same woman. I’m ready to wrecked.

 

Release Date: March 3, 2020

 

 

 


A Murderous Relation by Deannna Raybourn

The conclusion to the Veronica Speedwell series. I can’t wait to see what trouble finds our favorite pair of historian and scientist in this latest book!

 

Release Date: March 10, 2020

 

 

 


Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman

I finally read Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman last year and fell in love with the writer. So I’m expecting a similar kind of magic and relatable characters from this book.

 

Release Date: March 10, 2020

 

 

 

If I Never Met You by Mhairi McFarlane

I discovered this author last year and really took to her writing style.. Although the synopsis isn’t anything groundbreaking but I’ve realized that romance genre is more about the execution of the idea than the idea itself.

 

Release Date: March 24, 2020

 

 

 

 

 

The Honey Don’t List by Christina Lauren

Christina Lauren books are always an instant pick-me-up for romance genre. I haven’t gotten to read their last release yet. But I find the synopsis for this even more appealing!

 

 

Release Date: March 24, 2020

 

 

 

 


What I Like About You by Maria Kantar

I’m not a big fan of mistaken or double identities trope. But the idea of two awkward geeks caught up in this trope has me intrigue. Fingers crossed, it doesn’t disappoint.

 

Release Date: April 7, 2020

 

 


You Deserve Each Other
by Sarah Hogle

I fell instantly in love with the idea of the book the moment I read the synopsis. A story about a couple engaged to be married, already stuck in a rut trying to sabotage their own wedding and rediscovering their feelings in the process? Gimme already!


Release Date: Ap
ril 7, 2020

 

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : FAVORITE BOOKS OF 2019

I was going to do a similar post on my own about this anyway, but since it gels with the weekly TOP TEN TUESDAY, all the better! What better way to wrap up the year? I’ll talk about my favorite releases from 2019 here only.

Doing a TTT after what feels ages. It’s good to be slowing finding my blogging foot back.


The Beantown Girls | Jane Healey

I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this gem of a book. Three friends join as volunteers in Red Cross Clubmobile girls during World War II. My favorite thing about this book is probably the female friendships. But it’s also about courage and love.

You can find my review here.

 

Have You Seen Luis Velez? | Catherine Ryan Hyde

Another ARC that I loved. An uplifting and heartwarming coming-of-age story about a black teenager living with his white mother and her family from her second marriage to a white guy. He finally finds a sense of belonging when he meets his ninety-two year old neighbor, and sets out on a mission to help her. It’s wonderfully written and impossible to dislike.

You can find my review here.

 

The Bride Test | Helen Hoang

A beautiful love story between two very different individuals. I liked this one a lot more than its predecessor. It could be because both the main characters are Asian, or that they are equally flawed. Or it could be just because they’re both adorable and fleshed out really well.

You can find my review here.

 

The Place in Dalhousie | Melina Marchetta

This particular story is about Jimmy Haller coming home, Rosie – the mother of his child, and Rosie’s step mother Martha. It’s about how these people figure out their lives and their complicated relationships. And Melina Marchetta can write about dysfunctional families like nobody else.

You can find my review here.

 

Love From A to Z | S. K. Ali

This book explores many themes that I hold close to my heart –  Islam, migrant condition workers in the middle east, feminism, and love. And the author does full justice to it.

You can find my review here.

 

Lovely War | Julie Berry

This book is narrated by Greek Gods and intertwines two love stories set in World War I. Really, what’s not to love?

You can find my review here.

 

Daisy Jones & the Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid

A book narrated in forms of interviews where the characters look back on the rise and fall of an iconic band. This book was too real and raw for my heart. Taylor Jenkins Reid sure knows how to write strong women.

You can find my review here.

 

The First Girl Child | Amy Harmon

 A book about Nordic kings, runes, curses and magic. It’s a masterpiece, is what it is. If you haven’t read Amy Harmon, you’ve made a mistake. Easily my top 3 of the year.

You can find my review here.

 

Ninth House | Leigh Bardugo

The best writing of the year for me. There are a lot of polarizing reviews on this. Yes, the beginning does not make it easy, nor do the triggers. But the story only gets better from there.  I absolutely loved the writing, the plot and the characters in this world about ghosts, magic, portals and whatnot.

You can find my review here.

 

Bringing Down the Duke | Evie Dunmore

Hands down my most favorite romance of the year. This book almost reads like a modern romance, with its incorporation of the suffrage movement. What’s not to like about this book? Sizzling chemistry. Just the perfect amount of angst. Women fighting for their rights. A progressive hero. Relatable heroine. Compelling backdrops.

You can find my review here.


So, these are my favorites of 2019. I can’t wait to read the lists of everyone else and see if there are any matches!

TOP TEN TUESDAY : Characters That Gave Me the Creeps

Hello all! Doing a TTT after a long time and it’s a Halloween freebie! I’ve decided to list characters who I found creepy. Brace yourselves

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl.


Fenrir Greyback | Harry Potter : No better book to start a halloween list with than Harry Potter. Is there anyone who didn’t find this werewolf creepy?

 

Gollum | Lord of the Rings : Gollum gives the word ‘creepy’ a new meaning. It also helps that his film version was equally if not more scary. I doubt the new version will be able to beat that.

 

Hannibal Lecter | Silence of the lambs : Umm, he is a cannibal. And I watched the movie before reading the book. Plus, I watched the movie first and the outstanding Anthony Hopkins came to my mind whenever Hannibal appeared on the pages. Made the read ten times scarier.

 

Minya | Strange the Dreamer Duet : The tiny childlike woman who can control ghosts? This is one fascinating creation by my favorite author.

 

Coraline’s Other Mother | Coraline : I don’t remember her name. But I can still can feel the creeps she gave me. But I gotta say, this was one of the cases where I loved the movie more than the book.

 

Thiago | Daughter of Smoke and Bones : Man, whenever this character appeared on the pages, the creepiness factor also rose up. I could totally relate to Karou.

 

Pride | Fullmetal Alchemist : Although I found Father to be the scariest villain, Pride for me took the cake with his creepiness factor beneath the innocent child exterior.

Jack Randall | Outlander : I absolutely hated the guy from the very first page he appeared. His attitude towards women only made me wish the worst for him. A true lecher.

Mrs. Danvers | Rebecca : An iconic villain. She gave me the creeps in so many scenes.

 

Lord Voldemort| Harry Potter: A list of creepy characters with no Lord Voldemort in it? Impossible.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY : Books I Enjoyed That Are Outside of My Comfort Zone

Happy Tuesday y’all! I’m doing TTT after a long time! I missed doing it. Hope to get my groove back this September.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.


THE DIARY OF A YOUNG GIRL

It took me a long time to actually pick up this book because the idea of reading the book about a girl who is about to be executed by the Nazis disturbed me like nothing else. But I finally made myself read it and I regret nothing.

ME BEFORE YOU

I’m not comfortable with themes of euthanasia. Nor do I have any taste for books where a protagonist dies. I didn’t have any idea that these things would be included in the book, but I still enjoyed the book.

THE SEVEN AND HALF DEATHS OF EVELYN HARDCASTLE


Time loops are not my thing. It’s too convoluted for my reading taste. And even though I was confused by a lot that was going on in the book. But I definitely savored every word of this book.

OUTLANDER

I also have no taste for time travel. But Outlander is a book that I really liked. It had the right amount of romance, action, adventure and suspense. But the series only gets worse. I didn’t even get past the first 3 books.

 

ALL THE PRETTY MONSTERS

Nothing could be more out of my comfort zone than reverse harem. I doubt if I’ll ever read this genre again, but I can’t deny how much I loved the series of All the Pretty Monsters.

TRANSCEND DUET

I love Jewel E. Ann as much as I hate love triangles. But my love for the author was justified as she did a pretty great job with the love triangle with it. Themes like reincarnation are also out of my comfort zone but I loved how this theme was executed in the book.

FEARLESS
Motorcycle club books are not my cup of tea. Fearless by Lauren Gilley was an exception.

KULTI

I was initially very uncomfortable with romances having big age difference between the main couple. Now I’m more open to reading books with this theme. And I think Kulti played a big part in that.

DIRTY RED

Reading a book with the ‘Other woman’ of the series as the protagonist isn’t something I thought I’d ever do and enjoy. But this was the second book of the trilogy and I really liked seeing the world from the eyes of a character I hated.

RUNNING BAREFOOT

Teacher-Student romances are not a genre you’ll find me reading usually. But I picked this book because of my love for Amy Harmon. And it exceeded my expectations. This was much more than a teacher-student romance, it was all about a girl and her journey to finding herself..

 

 

TOP TEN TUESDAY : COMPARING COVER DESIGNS

Happy Tuesday, everyone! I’m doing Top Ten Tuesday after a few weeks. Hope to not skip it again for a whole. Fingers Crossed. The topic for this week is ‘Cover redesigns I hated or loved.’

But the thing with me is I don’t really remember which design came first or later for a few of the books I discuss below. Anyways, I simply compare the book covers and the one on the right is the one I prefer.

 


          

Ember in the Ashes: Now, the first cover isn’t bad by any definition. But just compare it to the one on the right. That cover is simply stunning!

 

            

Vicious: I think the first cover has this 90s vibe to it. Whereas the neat and contemporary design of the second cover, in my opinion, perfectly goes with the story of Vicious.

 

           

Daughter of Smoke & Bone: The first cover is just too generic. On the other hand, look at that second cover. It is so detailed and mysterious! And this image depicts perhaps the most momentous part of the book.

            

The City of Brass: The intricate detailing and design of the second cover definitely tops the less impressive cover in the first one.

              

The Night Circus: Now, this is a tough one. While I don’t find either of the covers too stunning or too unimpressive, I think I like the second one more. Having said that, I’d prefer a different font and title design.

 

                                               

Throne of Glass: That first cover just doesn’t have anything to draw you. That second on the other hand depicts a badass heroine who you definitely would wanna read a book and a series about.

While we’re at it, will we ever have redesigned covers of The Court of Roses and Thorns Series? Please?

 

            

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: While I like the understated and graceful vibes that the first cover gives, I like the second one even more, because it’s unique and actually has a connection to the story itself.

 

              

Making Faces: The first cover simply doesn’t do justice to the compelling and beautiful story of the book. Compare it to the second one. There just is something undeniably hypnotic about the picture.

 

                

The Piper’s Son: The Piper’s Son is such an underrated book and I blame the first cover for it. The first cover gives a totally wrong idea about the book. And I fell for it. The second cover, while not mind-blowing, is more accurate for the book.

 

              

The Start of Me and You: What the hell is that first cover? I know that it’s beautiful and scenic. But it’s also generic and in no way has any resemblance to the two amazing main characters or the story itself. I like both the second and third cover but the third one is more relevant to the story, even though the colors in the second one makes you want to own it!