6 Books With the Most Romantic Couples

Super Six Sunday
Super 6 Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals over at Bewitched Bookworms. Every week, they give us a new category and then we list our picks for the top 6 books in that category. Today’s topic of discussion is:

Super 6 Books/Series with the most Romantic Couples – Epic Love!

Ah, one of my favorite subjects! No matter how wonderful a story is, I’m of the opinion that a great romance can only make it better. Angsty, dramatic or subtle, I love a sweeping romance that makes me feel the feels. The more feels, the better!  The 6 books below made me feel the feels. In no particular order, they are (the covers lead to my review):

  Linc and Violet – so much angsty love!

Two broken souls just made for each other. 

2 adults stuck on an island? There’s bound to be some romance.

Dante and Charlie 4-Eva!

Lexie and the conflicted priest had it going on.

The couple that got me into blogging.

stuff here Cabel is romantic in the subtlest of ways.

6 Books I’m Glad I Don’t Live In {Super Six Sunday}

Super Six Sunday
Super 6 Sunday is a weekly meme hosted by the gals over at Bewitched Bookworms. Every week, they give us a new category and then we list our picks for the top 6 books in that category. Today’s topic of discussion is:

6 Books I Wish I Lived In/I’m Glad I Don’t Live In

I was planning on doing a half and half, with 3 for each topic, but I had way more books I would rather not live in, so I went ahead and made that my main topic. Most of the books I read books are contemporary, and I already live in that sort of world, so there’s no advantage there. But the dystopians I read usually involve crappy worlds that I definitely wouldn’t want to live in.

I’m Really Glad I Don’t Live In These Books

the host
Aliens (peaceful aliens, but aliens nonetheless) taking over the planet via “body snatching” does not sound like a lot of fun.


A world in which sadness = loss of identity. Scary.

delirium
No love? No thanks.

The Immortal Rules
The only way to live in decent prosperity it to be a human vending machine for the local vampires. No fun. Plus, I usually pass out when someone takes my blood, so I wouldn’t be a good candidate anyway.

rot & ruin
I fear I would not do well in this world, where people live in tiny little homegrown towns and avoid the Rot & Ruin at all costs.

Velveteen by Daniel Marks
Ummm, it’s purgatory. Who would want to live there?

Will I Ever Read Every Book in My TBR Stack? {Book Blogger Hop}

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy posts a new prompt for us and today’s is:

Do you think you will ever read every book in your TBR stack?

Yes. It definitely won’t be any time soon, but I’ll get it done. After all, they’re on my tbr stack for a reason – I want to read them. Even if I no longer blog, I’ll still get to them eventually.

Do I Blog For a Living or For Fun? {Book Blogger Hop}

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The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy posts a new prompt for us and today’s is:

Do you blog for a living or for fun?

This is an easy one – for fun. Back when I started, I didn’t realize this blogging thing could be done to actually make a living, so that wasn’t even a goal of mine. And now that I know how hard you have to work at it, it will never be a goal of mine.

It’s kind of nice, though, when I get a little PayPal deposit from the 1 ad on my blog (it’s to the right directly under the 3 squares, if you have your AdBlocker turned on), but it has never exceeded $4 a month in the last 4 months I’ve used it.

I used to list a lot of affiliate links in my reviews, but I have literally never gotten any money from them, so I stopped. I only use 2 or 3 now, just for my readers’ convenience. My Amazon affiliate account has made a total of $8.57 in the lifetime of my blog (2 years and 4 months), which isn’t enough to even get real money (their smallest payout is $10).

So, to answer today’s question, I do not make a living from my blog, nor do I want to. Of course, making a little more money from it wouldn’t be the worst thing ever…

(Remember, this is just my experience. I’m sure there are lots of book bloggers out there who work their tushies off and are earning big bucks in the process, but that’s just not me.)

Does this surprise you? If you’re not a blogger, did you think it would be easy to make lots of money from a blog? For you bloggers out there, are you making a living from your blog? Am I wrong in thinking it takes a lot of work?

Top Ten 2014 Debuts I’m Excited For

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I wasn’t sure if this list means debut authors, or books that debut in 2014, so I went with the latter. At any rate, I have a feeling today’s posts are going to cause my tbr list to swell considerably… I wasn’t able to narrow down my list (shocker), there are just too many exciting books coming out this year. So here they are, in no particular order- oh, who am I kidding? Number 1 on the list is my most anticipated book of 2014, but the rest really are in random order (the covers lead to their Goodreads page): 

 photo 15e2ee14-f126-494d-be78-21d87890091a_zps16eeefb9.jpgWar between heaven and hell is coming, but Dante Walker makes it look damn good.

Dante’s girlfriend, Charlie, is fated to save the world. And Aspen, the girl who feels like a sister, is an ordained soldier. In order to help both fulfill their destiny and win the war, Dante must complete liberator training at the Hive, rescue Aspen from hell, and uncover a message hidden on an ancient scroll.

Dante is built for battle, but even he can’t handle the nightmares where spiders crawl from Aspen’s eyes, or the look on Charlie’s face that foretells of devastation. To make matters worse, the enemy seizes every opportunity to break inside the Hive and cripple the liberators. But the day of reckoning is fast approaching, and to stand victorious, Dante will have to embrace something inside himself he never has before—faith.

I refuse to believe that this is the last we will see of Dante. Do you hear that, Victoria? REFUSE.
 

 photo 5156499a-0141-414d-b6f3-433bdc2621f2_zpsae31d3a9.jpgWinning what you want may cost you everything you love.

As a general’s daughter in a vast empire that revels in war and enslaves those it conquers, seventeen-year-old Kestrel has two choices: she can join the military or get married. But Kestrel has other intentions.

One day, she is startled to find a kindred spirit in a young slave up for auction. Arin’s eyes seem to defy everything and everyone. Following her instinct, Kestrel buys him—with unexpected consequences. It’s not long before she has to hide her growing love for Arin.

But he, too, has a secret, and Kestrel quickly learns that the price she paid for a fellow human is much higher than she ever could have imagined.

Set in a richly imagined new world, The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is a story of deadly games where everything is at stake, and the gamble is whether you will keep your head or lose your heart.

I’m not generally a fan of military novels, but this seems like maybe that will be only a small part of an epic novel that will cover a whole lot of themes.
 

 photo cc379bac-efe8-49b9-a3a1-4fc712a30c9f_zps55277248.jpgWhat if you’d been living your life as if you were dying—only to find out that you had your whole future ahead of you?

When sixteen-year-old Alice is diagnosed with leukemia, her prognosis is grim. To maximize the time she does have, she vows to spend her final months righting wrongs—however she sees fit. She convinces her friend Harvey, whom she knows has always had feelings for her, to help her with a crazy bucket list that’s as much about revenge (humiliating her ex-boyfriend and getting back at her arch nemesis) as it is about hope (doing something unexpectedly kind for a stranger and reliving some childhood memories). But just when Alice’s scores are settled, she goes into remission.

Now Alice is forced to face the consequences of all that she’s said and done, as well as her true feelings for Harvey. But has she done irreparable damage to the people around her, and to the one person who matters most?

Julie Murphy’s SIDE EFFECTS MAY VARY is a fearless and moving tour de force about love, life, and facing your own mortality.

I love the idea behind this book. How would you live your life to the fullest if you’re about to kick the bucket? Then to find out you’re not actually kicking said bucket?
 

 photo 72df7e1b-0bfa-456a-9b3c-6358dfae56b2_zps707fcde6.jpgA flash of white light . . . and then . . . nothing.

When sixteen-year-old Kyra Agnew wakes up behind a Dumpster at the Gas ’n’ Sip, she has no memory of how she got there. With a terrible headache and a major case of déjà vu, she heads home only to discover that five years have passed . . . yet she hasn’t aged a day.

Everything else about Kyra’s old life is different. Her parents are divorced, her boyfriend, Austin, is in college and dating her best friend, and her dad has changed from an uptight neat-freak to a drunken conspiracy theorist who blames her five-year disappearance on little green men.

Confused and lost, Kyra isn’t sure how to move forward unless she uncovers the truth. With Austin gone, she turns to Tyler, Austin’s annoying kid brother, who is now seventeen and who she has a sudden undeniable attraction to. As Tyler and Kyra retrace her steps from the fateful night of her disappearance, they discover strange phenomena that no one can explain, and they begin to wonder if Kyra’s father is not as crazy as he seems. There are others like her who have been taken . . . and returned. Kyra races to find an explanation and reclaim the life she once had, but what if the life she wants back is not her own?

Gone for 5 years and haven’t aged? Creepy! I already have some theories about what this could be about, so I’m going to need to see if I’m right.
 

 photo 993097c1-be5e-4d5b-8960-d53d00bf3a1e_zps07957d1f.jpgFrom the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

I will die if I don’t get to read this book soon. DIE.
  

 photo 942e076b-31c3-4342-a53f-e99d9027d215_zps2b353996.jpgAfter breaking up with her bad-news boyfriend, Reagan O’Neill is ready to leave her rebellious ways behind. . . and her best friend, country superstar Lilah Montgomery, is nursing a broken heart of her own. Fortunately, Lilah’s 24-city tour is about to kick off, offering a perfect opportunity for a girls-only summer of break-up ballads and healing hearts. But when Matt Finch joins the tour as its opening act, his boy-next-door charm proves difficult for Reagan to resist, despite her vow to live a drama-free existence. This summer, Reagan and Lilah will navigate the ups and downs of fame and friendship as they come to see that giving your heart to the right person is always a risk worth taking. A fresh new voice in contemporary romance, Emery Lord’s gorgeous writing hits all the right notes.

I love road trip books. This sounds like it will be all about 2 best friends growing up, and maybe apart. Plus some boy drama!
 

 photo cbadb301-609c-44c1-b071-6a93ea0dfcea_zps67b9bb6b.jpgZack Lightman is daydreaming through another dull math class when the high-tech dropship lands in his school’s courtyard-and when the men in the dark suits and sunglasses leap out of the ship and start calling his name, he’s sure he’s still dreaming.

But the dream is all too real; the people of Earth need him. As Zack soon discovers, the videogame he’s been playing obsessively for years isn’t just a game; it’s part of a massive, top-secret government training program, designed to teach gamers the skills they’ll need to defend Earth from a possible alien invasion. And now…that invasion is coming.

As he and his companions prepare to enter their ships and do battle, Zack learns that the father he thought was dead is actually a key player in this secret war. And together with his father, he’ll uncover the truth about the alien threat, race to prevent a genocide, and discover a mysterious third player in the interplanetary chess game he’s been thrown into.

Another book by the genius who brought us Ready Player One? Yes, please. And please, please, please let this one also be narrated by Will Wheaton.
 

 photo 0d3938b5-1a7a-45f7-b33d-ca14f52f78dc_zps6c9594a5.jpgFrom #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.

Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…

From the author of the New York Times bestsellers Slammed, Point of Retreat, Hopeless, This Girl, and Losing Hope, Maybe Someday is destined to become another bestseller and long-lasting fan favorite.

Colleen Hoover. ‘Nuff said.
 

 photo f0f64ef7-dd1a-4f93-93c4-17e7e01e8e04_zpsd7da94f3.jpgIn this companion novel to the critically acclaimed Some Quiet Place, Alex must choose between Revenge and Forgiveness.

Seventeen-year-old Alexandra Tate sits outside Nate Foster’s house, clutching a gun. After serving ten years for the drunk driving accident that killed Alex’s family, Nate has been released from prison. Every night, Alex waits out of sight, building up the courage to exact her own justice. There’s just one problem: Forgiveness.

Alex has been able to see personified Emotions for as long as she can remember, and Revenge is her best friend. But when Forgiveness suddenly appears, he offers Alex a choice—getting even or moving on. It’s impossible to decide when Revenge whispers in one ear . . . and Forgiveness whispers in the other.

I’m disappointed this one won’t feature Fear again, but I can’t wait to see where Kelsey Sutton takes Revenge and Forgiveness.
 

 photo 22b6789e-df4d-4ff3-a10b-97a060ace858_zpsa9a85217.jpgCan Sloane and James survive the lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end? Find out in this sequel to The Program, which Publishers Weekly called “chilling and suspenseful.”

How do you stop an epidemic?

Sloane and James are on the run after barely surviving the suicide epidemic and The Program. But they’re not out of danger. Huge pieces of their memories are still missing, and although Sloane and James have found their way back to each other, The Program isn’t ready to let them go.

Escaping with a group of troubled rebels, Sloane and James will have to figure out who they can trust, and how to take down The Program. But for as far as they’ve come, there’s still a lot Sloane and James can’t remember. The key to unlocking their past lies with the Treatment—a pill that can bring back forgotten memories, but at a high cost. And there’s only one dose.

Ultimately when the stakes are at their highest, can Sloane and James survive the many lies and secrets surrounding them, or will The Program claim them in the end?

I loved the exciting and surprisingly romantic The Program, so I need to know what happens after.
 

 photo acdaed91-84d4-4588-b426-f67196ecc1a9_zps2296d279.jpgIt has been two years since Violet Eden walked away from the city, her friends, her future and – most importantly – her soulmate, Lincoln. Part angel, part human, Violet is determined to stand by the promises she made to save the one she loves.

Living in the perpetual coldness of a broken soul she survives day to day as a Rogue Grigori in London.

But when an unexpected visitor shows up at her door, the news he bears about someone she swore to protect leaves Violet with no choice.

Even worse, she fears that this might all lead back to the night she tries hardest to forget. And what was taken without her permission.

Violet is going back to New York … and she knows exactly who is going to be there.

With Phoenix in her dreams and Lincoln in her heart she knows it is only a matter of time before the final choice must be made.

After the quasi-cliffhanger Jessica Shirvington dangles us off in Endless, I need the resolution. Stat.
 

 photo 59716ccd-5a17-47f5-acc8-8d90faf45cc8_zps2c2f5064.jpgCricket Thompson’s lifetime of overachieving has paid off: she’s headed to Brown University in the fall, with a spot on the lacrosse team and a scholarship that covers almost everything. Who knew living in the dorm cost money? An Ivy League education seems to mean living at home for the next four years.

When Cricket is offered the chance to earn enough cash to afford a real college experience, she heads back to Nantucket for the summer. But the faraway island challenges Cricket in ways she hadn’t anticipated. It’s hard to focus on earning money for next year, when she finds her world opening up in entirely new ways-to art, to travel, and, most unexpectedly, to a future completely different from the one she has been working toward her whole life. A friendship blossoms with Ben, the gorgeous surfer and bartender who encourages Cricket to be free, even as she smarts at the pain of seeing Zack, her first love, falling for her worst enemy.

But one night, when Cricket finally lets herself break all her own rules, she realizes she may have ruined her carefully constructed future with one impulsive decision. Cricket must dig deep to fight for her future, discovering that success isn’t just about reaching goals, but also about listening to what she’s been trying to ignore-her own heart.

Nantucket Blue was adorable and so fun, so I hope the next one is the same. Plus, I need to know why Cricket and Zack are no longer together.

So those are the books I’m looking forward to this year. Are any of them on your list already? And which ones did I miss? Let me know!

Books I’m Looking Forward to Reading in 2014 {Book Blogger Hop}

The Book Blogger Hop is a weekly meme hosted by Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Every week, Billy posts a new prompt for us and today’s is:

What books are you looking forward to reading in 2014?

I decided to include any of the books I’m looking forward to reading next year, not just those being published in 2014. Unfortunately, that opened up the list to a ton more books that could be included, so I had an even harder time narrowing it down! Thanks goodness this isn’t a Top 10 list, because I don’t think I could have stuck with only 10. Here they are, in no particular order (except just this once, number 1 really is number 1!):

the warrior infinityglass breathe

isla and the happily ever after tiger's curse hopeless storm

fractured gone flesh & boone the fault in our stars

obsidian the treatment through the ever night empower

the probability of miracles pandemonium these broken stars

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today I’m showing the Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013.  In no particular order, they are (the pictures lead to my reviews, or their Goodreads pages):

Richelle Mead

Ruthie Knox

Suzanne Young

Tracey Garvis Graves

Lisa Desrochers

Kelsey Sutton

Maggie Stiefvater

Teri Terry

Victoria Scott

Susanah Cahalan

I found a lot of great new authors this year, and had a hard time narrowing down my choices to just ten! I’d love to find even more new-to-me authors to read in 2014, so leave a comment with your link so I can add to my tbr list. Have a great Tuesday!

Top Ten 2014 Releases I’m Dying To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Today we’re listing the 2014 books we can’t wait to get our grabby hands on! In making sure I had my top choices, I ended up adding probably 25 or so more 2014 books to my tbr list. Then it was even harder to narrow my picks down to 10, but I did it. Here they are, as usual in no particular order (the pictures lead to the book’s Goodreads page):

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Did any of these make your list? Which amazing books did I miss? Let me know!