Top Ten #21: Bookish Items!

Top Ten TuesdayThis weeks Top Ten Tuesday is showcasing some oft he great bookish items (not necessarily books) that I would love to own! Some of the items are jewellery, bookends, T-shirts, bags, nick nacks, etc. BUT they all have one fabulous thing in common … they are ALL book orientated! This weeks list was fun to create and reminded me of all the wonderfully unique items out there that definitely describe that inner book nerd always trying to break loose!

ENJOY!

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#10: Bookish Tattoos – I already have a few on my feet, but I’d like some more. Bigger quotes I think I’ve decided on. I love the different script work tattoo artists can do now a days, and I think that if it was good enough for someone to publish well its unique enough (and special enough – to me at least) to be printed on my body! (the link will take you to a Pinterest page dedicated to different bookish tattoos)

#9: “Book/End” Book Ends - What a novel idea! I adore unique and witty book ends! There’s a ton on the etsy page I found these on – just click the link!

#8: Invisible Bookshelves – I’d love a pair or more of these invisible bookshelves! I think it would be so cool/neat to just have stacks of floating books all over a room!

#7: Shoulder Swag: For the Mr. Darcy Swoon-er – I adore this bag just as much as I adore the quote! Probably one of the most romantic quotes I read in my youth!

#6: A Book Nerd Staircase – I definitely MUST HAVE one of these staircases in my house. This is why I will always look for a house with a set of stairs just so one day I can paint it like so!

#5: Wingardium Leviosa Mug – to relive that moment again and again, even after all this time! … Always. And because I am a mug obsessed collector!

#4: Middle Earth Map Leggings – I’d never be lost again! And if I’m going to (and HAVE to wear pants) it might as well be a map of Middle Earth!

#3: Deathly Hallow Earrings - really want to drive your Harry Potter nostalgia home? A pair of these deathly hallows hanging from your lobes should do the trick!

#2: Statement T-Shirt (F*ck Off! I’m Reading!) - every once in a while there’s this part in your current read where you just can’t put it down and people, every single person who wouldn’t talk to you on a normal day decides to start a conversation with you right at the pinnacle point. This t-shirt says it all to discourage those who’d think about starting a convo.

#1: Sherlock Holmes Book Scarf - for the inner detective in all of us! It’s stylish yet bookish at the same time; it’ll definitely draw some stares especially when waiting in line at your local coffee shop or book store. Probably also a great conversation starter!

Leave a comment with your link! I’ll be sure to check out your list! (:

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Waiting On Wednesday #57

Waiting On WednesdayI am SO late getting my post up this week for Waiting on Wednesday basically due to reading far too much the night before, and having one heck of a hectic day at work! BUT this week is definitely a book (and series) you won’t want to miss out on! Jay Crownover, author of the Marked Men series is by FAR one of the most brilliant romance authors I can proudly call a top 5 favourite of mine! Crownover knows how to deliver suspenceful, passionate and crazy romances with over the top, swooooon worthy characters you can’t get enough of!

Get your TO BE READ list ready readers! This series you’ll want to add ASAP!

Nash by Jay Crownover“Nash” by Jay Crownover
(A Marked Men Novel)

Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
(Imprint of: HarperCollins)
Expected Publication Date: April 14, 2014

Will their past determine their future?

Saint Ford has worked hard to achieve her childhood dream of becoming of nurse. Focused on her work and devoted to her patients, there’s no room for love. She doesn’t need a guy making waves in her calm, serene life—especially when he’s the unforgettable hottie who nearly destroyed her in high school. Dark, brooding Nash Donovan might not remember her or the terrible pain he caused. But he turned her world upside down . . . and now he’s trying to do it again.

Saint has no idea that Nash isn’t the cocky player he once was. Uncovering a devastating family secret has rocked his world, and now he’s struggling to figure out his future. He can’t be distracted by the pretty nurse he seems to meet everywhere. Still, he can’t ignore the sparks that fly between them —or how she seems so desperate to get away from him. But the funny, sweet, and drop-dead gorgeous Saint is far too amazing to give up on—especially since she’s the only thing in his life that seems to make sense.

When Nash discovers the truth about their past, he realizes he may have lost her heart before he could even fight for it. Now, Saint has to decide: is Nash worth risking herself for all over again?

header_thoughtsTattooed hotties, fast cars, passionate romance, and an emotional rollercoaster you won’t want to get off! That is what you’re signing up for when you read The Marked Men books! Nash is the fourth book in the series with cameos in all the other novels leading up to his own. The plots are mingle and intertwine with one another, the characters you love from one book get carried on throughout the series; you get to watch every single one of them grow and move on from their own emotional broken tale AND these boys are as sexy and sizzling as sin! I adore these books – I loved Rule, adored Jet, swooned over Rome and I’m already head over heels for Nash! I recieved an ARC of Nash this past week and I am so ready to dive right in.

Are you ready for these bad boys to leave their mark?
Leave a comment with your link to your own Waiting on Wednesday!

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Top Ten #20: Unique Books!

Top Ten TuesdaySpring is upon us! (maybe). Its been raining the last couple days and everything is starting to smell like spring again and even look like it, which means sun, summer and summer reading. This weeks Top Ten Tuesday is all about unique books we’ve read. Unique being authors who have created books that have a spin on the genre, the voices are different, or perhaps they’re just written in a creative and distinct voice than the average romance, young adult, fantasy etc.

This list was very hard to make for me. I felt like the books I’ve chosen weren’t that unique or outrageous to some readers; but for me the first time I read them they were out of this world distinct, rare and beautifully creative! So I hope you all won’t judge me too much if this list seems a little mediocre compared to some.

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#10: “Half Bad” by Sally GreenHalf Bad is a beautiful and unique story told from in the mind of the character. You get to know Nathan from first person but ALSO third person so if you’re not into first person writing don’t fret, third person eventually comes. The reader really gets connected with Nathan in a way you wouldn’t normally get too with first or third, but a combo of both is very in-depth.

#9: “Fire” by Kristin Cashore – when I first read Fire it blew my mind on how magical and yet real it was. It takes place in the same realm as Graceling with some of the same characters but Fire is a human monster. She is gorgeous and usually when books portray gorgeous characters their good but in this case Cashore portrays her as a mind controlling monster BECAUSE of her beauty. Its a thrilling comparison of of good vs. evil. It is an extremely colourful novel and theme throughout.

#8: “Shatter Me” by Tahereh Mafi – Mafi created an exclusive unique world to Juliette; her thoughts are written down like a journal, scratched out and rewritten as she decides. The story itself is also extremely unique, the type of “dystopian” Mafi has written is incredibly different from the average one – these characters themselves are special. Everything about Shatter Me is unique.

#7: “Starling” by Lesley Livingston – Livingston always creates rare and creative worlds within her novels. She shapes and moulds historical periods into these beautiful stories, Starling is definitely one of those books. I’ve never read about Ragnorok before or norse mythology so this was definitely an unique experience.

#6: “Alice in Zombieland” by Gena Showalter – I usually stay away from these types of novels, the ones with titles like: “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies” or “Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters” etc. But Showalter creative a distinct world where everything isn’t as it seems; zombies are a new wave of “cool” and I can definitely see why. It was a different read for me indefinitely and extremely different from the typical zombie-esq novel.

#5: “Crash Into You” by Katie McGarry – McGarry in all her novels creates unique story lines and unique formats for her novels. Each chapter is from either point of view and in different writing styles to represent those characters. Crash Into You is my favourite out of all 3 because of the completely opposite worlds that Isaiah and Rachel come from and the intensity and “realness” all these characters go through. They’re problems aren’t outrageous or unfathomable but real and true to life. Its an extreme contemporary that readers don’t normally find.

#4: “Across the Universe” by Beth Revis – outer space is not my thing. I just find it TOO unrealistic if that is even possible or probable. BUT that being said I gave Across the Universe a chance because of its unique storyline. It definitely wasn’t like anything I’ve read before, the genre which I can only categorize as post apocalyptic didn’t have zombies, or war, it had natural disaster and then the end of the world. Much more realistic than zombies yet still quite thrilling to read.

#3: “The Black Dagger Brotherhood” by JR Ward – not only is this series one of the longest I’ve ever read the story lines from the beginning to start have a continuous storyline. The brothers each have a novel and appear in the others. Their voices are all distinct and the stories, although all telling a larger plot, are still very different from one another. The bonds of brotherhood are clearly evident within these novels, and hearing these stories from males point of views is extremely different for me.

#2: “The Lunar Chronicles” by Marissa Meyer – readers will never find another novel like these. The Lunar Chronicles are without a doubt the most unique stories I’ve ever read, even though they’re re-tellings of fairy tale classics! Fairy tales that take place in outer space, in a dystopian Asia, space ships, space stations, etc. Its extremely rare and I haven’t found another novel like these.

#1: “Rule” by Jay Crownover – Bad boys! This is not your mamma’s romance ladies. Crownover takes bad boys and magnifies them to the most tattooed, different, broken and baddest boys you’ll find between two pages of a novel. You may THINK you’ve read about bad boys; about the motorcycles, piercings, mohawks and late night stands but you haven’t met Rule, Nash, Jet or the rest of the tattooed mark men. If you want one hell of a roller coaster of different, rare and distinct voices, actions and plot these books are for you.

What unique reads do you have on your list? Leave a comment with your link so we can compare! (:

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Stacking the Shelves [27]

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Oh what a whirlwind of a week it has been! Monday started out with a bookish adventure with another blogger to a book signing and pre-chat with a prominent Young Adult author, and then the week continued to be great. I made contact with some publishers about upcoming books, and it looks like next week I’ll be receiving an amazing ARC I didn’t even think I was going to get!

Now todays Stacking the Shelves is small but there are still some fantastic eGalley finds and my signed book I got on Monday! ENJOY (:

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Best kind of Broken by Chelsea Fine“Best Kind of Broken” by Chelsea Fine

Pixie and Levi haven’t spoken in nearly a year when they find themselves working―and living―at the same inn in the middle of nowhere. Once upon a time, they were childhood friends. But that was before everything went to hell. And now things are… awkward.

All they want to do is avoid each other, and their past, for as long as possible. But now that they’re forced to share a bathroom, and therefore ashower, keeping their distance from one another becomes less difficult than keeping their hands off each other. Welcome to the hallway of awkward tension and sexual frustration, folks. Get comfy. It’s going to be a long summer.

I love all these summer novels coming out; published in the summer, about summer, summer love! This book I am extremely excited about because I’ve been looking for a sizzling summer romance book to replace Abbi Glines New Adult series (its been hard!). I think Levi & Pixie are going to have a hell of a summer, awkward or not, I’m going to adore reading about them.

“The Diamond Thief” by Sharon GoslingThe Diamond Thief by Sharon Gosling

No one performs on the circus trapeze like 16-year-old Rémy Brunel. But Rémy also leads another life, prowling through the backstreets of Victorian London as a jewel thief. When she is forced to steal one of the world’s most valuable diamonds, she uncovers a world of treachery and fiendish plots.

Meanwhile, young detective Thaddeus Rec is determined to find the jewel and clear his name. Will Thaddeus manage to rescue the jewel? Or is it really Rémy that he needs to save?

I’ve always heard such amazing things about heist novels and I think a jewel thief is a good place to start, don’t you? And who doesn’t love a good hero saving damsel story either! The cover definitely looks steampunk too; so we have romance, steampunk and a thief – I’m excited to get into this novel!

The Ring & The Crown“The Ring & The Crown” by Melissa De La Cruz

Princess Marie-Victoria, heir to the Lily Throne, and Aelwyn Myrddn, bastard daughter of the Mage of England, grew up together. But who will rule, and who will serve?

Quiet and gentle, Marie has never lived up to the ambitions of her mother, Queen Eleanor the Second, Supreme Ruler of the Franco-British Empire. With the help of her Head Merlin, Emrys, Eleanor has maintained her stranglehold on the world’s only source of magic. She rules the most powerful empire the world has ever seen.

But even with the aid of Emrys’ magic, Eleanor’s extended
lifespan is nearing its end. The princess must marry and produce an heir or the Empire will be vulnerable to its greatest enemy, Prussia. The two kingdoms must unite to end the war, and the only solution is a match between Marie and Prince Leopold VII, heir to the Prussian throne. But Marie has always loved Gill, her childhood friend and soldier of the Queen’s Guard.MdlC signing

This is the most fabulous book I’ve read this year! I got it signed and met Melissa (and she is a doll, such a treat!). I haven’t finished it yet but I can say without a doubt this book is jammed packed with magic, romance, adventure and an enchanting story! Definitely without a doubt pick up this book!

The Week in Review:

[review] “Divergent” – a Film Adaptation
Top Ten Tuesday #19

Waiting on Wednesday #56
Event Recap: The Ring & The Crown Signing

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Event Recap: “The Ring & The Crown” Signing

MdlC signingThis past Monday March 31 my friend (also a blogger) Natalie @ Browsing Bookshelves and I took an adventure up to Etobicoke to meet up with a group of Toronto bloggers, publishers from Hachette Book Group Canada AND the talented, enchanting and lovely Melissa De La Cruz! It was an absolute BALL of fun; first Natalie and I perused Chapters looking at all the new spring collections, books (obviously) and quote mugs, and then we headed over to Sherway Gardens and went on a hunt for David’s Tea. We also windowed shopped which put us in a great mood to start our fabulous night!

Natalie was invited by the Hachette Book Group to a pre-signing event and was able to snag me a spot too! We met up at Jackastors and the night began with a couple drinks, appetizers, bloggers and lots of laughs! The gals at Hachette Book Group Canada are fabulous and treated us to a wonderful night, and of course Melissa De La Cruz was an absolute thrill and treat to chat one on one with!

We were able to chat with her about anything and everything to do with THE RING & THE CROWN, while also getting to know her as a person. We never truly get one on one time with authors all to often even though many of us dream of that happening. A lot of us had questions about her books and about her in general and I was able to remember some of the conversations that happened. Here are some Q&A’s I was able to remember once the night was over:

Melissa_de_la_Cruz1. Was there a lot of research done for THE RING & THE CROWN?

Definitely she said! They lived such a different life than we do now. Women back then would have such a busy day starting at 7AM and ending at almost 4AM EVERY. DAY! (Woah, I could not handle that at all!) Some for example would start with riding in the park, then leaving calling cards at suitors or friends houses, breakfast, lunch, tea, answering calling cards, dinner, making appearances at parties, escorted “dates”, shopping, dress fittings, etc.  A lot of the women never noticed having everything done for them like Princess Marie in the book, so Melissa purposely included that notion in the novel.

2. How difficult or how was the experience of writing FIVE (5) different point of views?

Her style of writing for this challenge was writing the entire PLOT first and then writing each chapters until she was completely in the characters mindset then she would write that specific characters story all the way through, and continue go do so with the others. Its a unique writing style but when you have so many characters to keep track you can tell it worked for Melissa! She then tied all the chapters and characters together using the plot and “links” with each character.

I’ll admit when I was reading THE RING & THE CROWN it was a challenge at first with all the characters. Some become your favourite, some become annoying, but in the end I wouldn’t have pictured it any other way!

3. How did the ending end up ending the way that it did? (This question is diluted because I don’t want to spoil the novel for anyone who hasn’t read it)

Melissa divulged that she wrote a couple different endings and the one that had stuck with her and felt “right” to her was the one that ended up in the book. She also shared with us she was worried that readers wouldn’t “like” the ending (which is a fear I assume most writers have) but the unanimous vote amongst the table was that we bloggers loved it! Also, she shared with us a Novella WILL be coming out about one of the characters.

4. What prompted Melissa to write a story like THE RING & THE CROWN?

Melissa simply wanted to write a PRINCESS story. There are so many dark, and serious books out there, and she wanted to write something different from the average novel. She definitely hit the nail on the head with that comment – 100% different, light, fun & royal!

5. What prompted Melissa to set a fantasy novel in a historical time “real” setting, rather than create an entire new fantasy world?

She first started with the thought she would write an alternate universe of sorts to the American Revolution, paired with the thought of what if the American’s never won the war. She then came across the history of how the British always took claim over France, even though during the later years France was a republic. So, she started the novel further back in history and changed history a bit combining Canada & the States into one, and having Britain as the ruling power over everything, and one.

Melissa also never thought she’d include magic or the notion of a Merlin in the novel, but once she got to writing and setting the plot about she needed a conflict. There-in-lies where magic came in!

6. The cover is stunning – how did that come about?

She didn’t want a big poofy dress like all the other ones, so she took a little piece of history and decided on a flower crown like Queen Victoria did. She also wanted something bright, and not so dark and dreary on covers as of late. And voila you have the gorgeous and stylish cover of THE RING & THE CROWN.

It also has a TABLE OF CONTENT (love!) which the copy editors added in with titles to each chapter which Melissa was surprised about and liked as well!

7. Who was your favourite character to write?

Wolf! (without a doubt we agreed with her as well!) He was a fun, bad boy, stereotypical character to write about! Melissa was following Prince Harry through gossip & magazines at the time when thinking and creating Wolf. She did an excellent job with the fighter, bad boy stereotype – I for one adored him! She also really liked Leo a lot – another stereotypical character of “The Prince”. He definitely grows on you by the end of the novel which Melissa agreed with.

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Melissa continued to chat and discuss other aspects of her books, some offers for TV shows for her other series, Blue Bloods & The Witches of East End, which the Witches of East End actually became a TV series by the Lifetime channel! As well as being a full time author, mom and co-writer with her husband, they also have a writing firm together where they get samples of pieces from people and if they like their writing style and if the writers like Melissa’s ideas they work together. I love seeing published authors working with unknown writers to enhance and help them along their own writing journey!

So there you have it, a night with Melissa De La Cruz! It was an amazing experience, and I learnt so much about her from the reader and blogger perspective but also just as a human being! We forget sometimes that authors have lives outside of their books and it was such a delight getting to know Melissa like that. The night came to an end with the actual book signing at the nearby Chapters, where she did some more Q&A and signed all of our copies of THE RING & THE CROWN!

Thank you to Katherine for extending the invitation to me from Hachette Book Group Canada! And I cannot WAIT to see what book #2 has in store for us!

Melissa De La Cruz Series:

Blue Bloods
The Beauchamp Family
The Au Paris
Heart of Dread
The Ashley’s
Angels on Sunset Boulevard
Girl
The Wolf Pact

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Waiting On Wednesday #56: Fabulous Fall Fictions!

 

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Another double take on Waiting On Wednesday today but this time we’re doing some Fall releases coming out in September 2014! It seems that once the summer passes a whole bunch of awesome books get to come out to us so we can devour them.

Do you guys find that there’s a particular season when all the good books come out? Anyway, I hope you all enjoy the books I’ve chosen this week! Happy Reading!

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White“Illusions of Fate” by Kiersten White

Expected Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen

Downton Abbey meets Cassandra Clare in this lush, romantic fantasy from New York Times bestselling author Kiersten White.

“I did my best to keep you from crossing paths with this world. And I shall do my best to protect you now that you have.”

Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets Finn, a gorgeous, enigmatic young lord who introduces her to the secret world of Albion’s nobility, a world that has everything Jessamin doesn’t—power, money, status…and magic. But Finn has secrets of his own, dangerous secrets that the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess. Unless Jessamin, armed only with her wits and her determination, can stop him.

Kiersten White captured readers’ hearts with her New York Times bestselling Paranormalcy trilogy and its effortless mix of magic and real-world teenage humor. She returns to that winning combination of wit, charm, and enchantment in Illusions of Fate, a sparkling and romantic new novel perfect for fans of Cassandra Clare, The Madman’s Daughter, and Libba Bray.

header_thoughtsI’m going to start with the obvious – look at that cover! I love everything about this cover; the teacup, the enchanting birds, and of course the elegance of the lettering. It showcases everything the book is all about. The nobility, the elegance and the underlying mystery of the magic that is hidden within the upper classes. White is a new author to me but after reading about this enchanting and passionate love story I might have to pick up her other novels. I am also in love with the english, Downton Abbey feel that this book obviously has. Also the story has its points as well: the mystery of the characters, what is the nobility hiding? and the love story! I just can’t wait for this September release!

“The Jewel” by Amy EwingThe Jewel by Amy Ewing

Expected Publication Date: September 2, 2014
Publishers: HarperTeen

The Jewel means wealth. The Jewel means beauty. The Jewel means royalty. But for girls like Violet, the Jewel means servitude. Not just any kind of servitude. Violet, born and raised in the Marsh, has been trained as a surrogate for the royalty––because in the Jewel the only thing more important than opulence is offspring.

Purchased at the surrogacy auction by the Duchess of the Lake and greeted with a slap to the face, Violet (now known only as #197) quickly learns of the brutal truths that lie beneath the Jewel’s glittering facade: the cruelty, backstabbing, and hidden violence that have become the royal way of life.

Violet must accept the ugly realities of her existence . . . and try to stay alive. But then a forbidden romance erupts between Violet and a handsome gentleman hired as a companion to the Duchess’s petulant niece. Though his presence makes life in the Jewel a bit brighter, the consequences of their illicit relationship will cost them both more than they bargained for.

header_thoughtsForbidden romance: what else is there when it comes to royalty, servitude and the ugly reality of the life you’re given. Even though this book is drenched in romance, and the thought of forbidden love it touches on the many hardships that women in servitude went through in the 1800′s. Becoming a number, having no name, to rights, nothing to call your own EXCEPT the chance at love. The Jewel is going to be a fantastic novel sparking a rebellious overtone, while Violet tries to navigate her new mistress, home and the hope at a happily ever after. This cover, is a breathtaking image of a girl trapped inside a beautiful jewel. I love the imagery and the neutral tone of the cover as well. It is just beautiful!

My choices! What do you think? Leave a comment & let me know! 

Also leave your link in the comments so 
I can check out your books!

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Top Ten #19: “Gateway” Books!

Top Ten TuesdayI’ve been waiting for this particular “Top Ten Tuesday” since I saw this topic. There have been a lot of “first” in reading for me in particular this last couple years; books I’d never thought I’d love, or genre’s I never thought I’d get into (like romance – I know shocking!!). So this weeks list is going to be a mixture of gateway books, like: what first book got me into reviewing? what book got me BACK into reading? what book got me into romance? young adult? fantasy? etc.

I think that this particular topic is a great way to get into a genre, or book series you never thought you’d be able too; or perhaps remind you why you love reading, and reviewing to being with. So ENJOY I hope my list lives up to me excitement!

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#10: “Divergent” by Veronica Roth: Divergent will always hold a special place in my weird bookish heart. It was the first real Young Adult novel I read three years ago to get me started on this wild ride of book blogging. I wanted to really say something about this novel. It inspired me (I have a dauntless tattoo – thats how much it inspired me). So to start off this novel was a gateway book into: blogging!

#9: “Fifty Shades of Grey” by E.L. James: was my first erotica novel I have EVER read. I had overheard a conversation with my mom and a group of her friends about this novel and how scandalous it was and to be completely honest I was SO curious. So I decided I would purchase the first book, and I actually liked it a whole lot. Fifty Shades was definitely my gateway into: erotica!

#8: “Fever Series” by Karen Marie Moning: I have some wonderful memories of shutting myself up in my room and reading this ENTIRE series in one weekend back in March 2012! This series was just fantastic; it reintroduced me to my love of reading paranormal romance. I was a huge nerd when it came to paranormal romance in my high school years and for some reason I just stopped when I started university. Moning undoubtably was my gateway book to: rekindling my love of paranormal romance!

#7: “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling: I still remember when my dad first bought me this book not realizing it was in a series and it was the THIRD! lol. This was my first book in a fantasy setting as a child, and I believe I was 10 (maybe). From then onward you wouldn’t find me WITHOUT a book. Harry Pottter was definitely my gateway into my love of reading! (Now it just feels like a gateway “drug” into ultimate fandom lol!)

#6: “Pushing the Limits” by Katie McGarry: I think one of my blogger friends or friends from work first introduced me to Katie McGarry and Pushing the Limits and I was such a huge skeptical of it. I couldn’t stand contemporary novels, romance or not. I found them so boring and if it didn’t have some sort of fantasy or adventure I just couldn’t get through it. But I still have Pushing the Limits a try and I ended up being obsessed with series! I just loved it. I devoured everything I could find that was labelled “contemporary romance”. Need a new genre? A fresh and exciting book: Pushing the Limits will be your gateway!

#5: “Graceling” by Kristin Cashore: I remember picking this book up at the library and putting it back down, but somehow I ended up with it that day. I never regretted it either. I LOVED the enchanting adventure this novel delivered. I sparked my love of fantasy novels and adventure reading once again, after I thought I had lost it among the romance, dystopian, contemporary novels. Ever truly need to get away to far off places, drenched in magic Graceling will be your perfect gateway!

#4: “The Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins: another suggestion from a long time friend who doesn’t give out “5 star” reviews lightly but she swore I would adore this novel. And she was definitely right! And three years has gone by since then and now it’s a billion dollar franchise with movies, books about the books, celebrity status! BUT The Hunger Games is on this list as the gateway to my dystopian adoration! I never knew I would love this genre as much as I did after reading this series.

#3: “Hush, Hush” by Becca Fitzpatrick: I couldn’t leave this one out; Hush Hush was by far  the first book that introduced me to the swoon worthy world of: book boyfriends. When I read about Patch and Nora’s story I fell instantly in love with Patch. His swoon worthy one liners, angelic good looks and devil attitude. And from there I was a lost cause, book boyfriends are a favourite past time, conversation and overall obsession of mine.

#2: “Exiled” by M.R. Merrick: this novel falls under the “leap and bounds” category. Some people think I am a pretty impulsive individual, taking chances whenever I can and although when it comes to books I pretty much stay to the usual. BUT Exiled was something I wasn’t counting on; it was my FIRST Indie Author book. Not officially published, self-published and I was shocked I loved it! M.R. Merrick’s novels have always acted as a gateway to: Indie authors & their greatness!

#1: “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon: this book in particular probably has had one of the biggest effects on my choices for reading. The first time I was given this novel by a friend I had asked for something different, maybe with a little bit of romance. What I didn’t realize that I would end up re-reading this novel over and over and over. It is one of the most re-read books on my shelf, and acts as my gateway book to: adult romance; passionate, flirtatious, swoon worthy – romance.

What books made it onto your list? Leave a comment with your link & I’ll be sure to checkout your gateway books!

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