Books You’ll Want to Cozy Up With This Valentine’s Day! (Or any time you crave a romance, really.)

Another Valentine’s Day-themed post?? You’re asking. Why yes, I’m glad you’re so observant. (Hehe.) I apologize if you’re getting overwhelmed by the ooey-gooey and cheesy romance-related posts going on this week, I promise I won’t go too overboard with this one. With Valentine’s Day just a matter of days away, I’ve decided to give you all a list of books you’ll want to read for this Valentine’s Day! Or basically any time you crave an entertaining romance. *I am also linking this up with Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is a Valentine’s Day themed freebie… and it’s obvious what I chose. ;)* Let’s do this!

Books to Read this Valentine's Day


Sarah Dessen

Omgomgomg Sarah Dessen is so amazing. I’m not even exaggerating here! (Okay, maybe I am a little, but you get my point, right??) She has written so many wonderful contemporary books I can’t help but be in love. Here are some you should definitely try out:

  • The Truth About Forever: Omg I love this book so much.. I can’t even. This was definitely more on the sappier side, but it was so adorable and so full of things I loved. I know, could I be any more vague? (Probably.) Sorry, looks like you’ll just have to go read it, hehe.
  • Just Listen: I know I’m not alone when I say I love this book! (At least, I hope not.) Some people didn’t like this book, but I definitely still recommend you give this a try if you’re up for a contemporary. Most likely it’ll be worth it!
  • This Lullaby: Ahhhh such a lovely story! I loved this book and just… agh. I’m running out of words but seriously. This book was so much fun to read! I loved it. (Duh)

It was so hard to choose just 3! I mean, I could’ve chosen more, but then it would be even more difficult.. if that makes any sense. Bottom line is, just go read these pronto if you’re looking for sweet romances!

Kasie West

  • The Fill-In Boyfriend: SO ADORABLE omg. I know not everyone loved this book, but seriously, this book is so cute. I can’t really offer more other than aiolksfdhadfgnkldnfglaeg, but if you’re interested you can check out my review on it! Just go read this book. Now. Ahem.
  • The Distance Between Us: Ahah so much fun to read! ALSO MORE ADORABLENESS. The cover just screams it! Also it’s quite entertaining and soooo sweet. This is definitely a book I wouldn’t mind re-reading! Unfortunately I don’t have a review on it, you’ll just have to take my word for it.
  • On the Fence: You guys are probably getting tired of my vague, and common comments for these, but… THIS IS SO CUTE. Can you see how much I kind of love Kasie West?? They may not be for everybody, and they may not be the best works out there, but they’re entertaining, I’ll give you that much. Or maybe that’s just me?

Hehheh now that I look at this it’s clear that I basically have the same comment for each one, whoops probably should’ve left it with just one general comment…

Emery Lord

The Start of Me and You

The Start of Me and You: This is Emery Lord’s… sophmore novel? I think? I haven’t read her debut yet, but I definitely plan to seeing how this one was so adorable! Definitely also looking forward to her other upcoming novel, When We Collided.

Jenny Han

  • To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before duology: This duology is so adorable! I remember loving it when I first read it. Even if it’s not absolutely perfect, it’s still a super entertaining read!
  • Summer trilogy: This one, I’ll admit, I enjoyed a bit less than the above duology, but I find that it was still tolerable. And who knows, for some this may become a new contemporary favourite!

Rainbow Rowell

  • Fangirl: Omg if you haven’t read this book I highly suggest you go pick it up right away! It’s such an amazing book.
  • Eleanor & Park: Same goes for this one! However, I don’t recommend you read either this or the above if you’re not a fan of slower plots. But if you think you can endure it, definitely try it out!
  • Attachments: It’s a really sweet novel if any of you are interested! It’s not YA though, I believe it’s Adult??
  • Carry On: SIMON AND BAZ..! Of course there are other good parts to this but the romance in this is amazing! If you have time and commitment to spare, this is definitely a good choice.

Some other books you might want to check out…

All very wonderful books, I assure you!

Books on my TBR that are said to be perfect romance material

Anna, Lola, Isla

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

I’ve been hearing so many praises of this series! Apparently it’s an amazing contemporary series… I promise I’ll read it one day!

Books by Morgan Matson

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Since You’ve Been Gone and Second Chance Summer have all been so hyped up! I can’t wait to read them (though I’m kind of scared, hehe). I do hope they don’t disappoint!

Books by Cammie McGovern

Say What You Will and A Step Toward Falling seem like such cute reads! I definitely hope to read them both sometime.

Books by Jessi Kirby

Golden and Things We Know by Heart are both I have on my TBR, for they seem like they could be really interesting! I’ve seen both positive and negative reviews for each—I’m hoping once I read the books myself, it will be towards the positive for me!

Books by Huntley Fitzpatrick

On Goodreads: My Life Next Door, What I Thought Was True, and The Boy Most Likely To

Huntley Fitzpatrick’s books seem so adorable! The perfect romance read, I think. Definitely want to read them one day!


And that’s all for this post! I hope you all enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday-inspired post about books to read this Valentine’s Day. ;D (Of course you guys did, right?) Now it’s your turn; what books on here have you not read? Which did you like? What books on my TBR should I read first? What other romance books do you think is perfect for Valentine’s Day? (I like and want recommendations. Please and thank you.) Tell me whatever thoughts you may have down below! And feel free to let me know what topic you chose for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

I Cannot Wait to Finally Read These Series in 2016..! | Top Ten Tuesday #28 (January 5th)

2016 is a whole new year, which bring us to whole new possibilities—and in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post, I’ve decided to list the series I have decided to read over the course of 2016! This week’s topic from The Broke and the Bookish is more open-ended, as long as they are resolutions we have for 2016—which is convenient because I planned on doing something like this anyway. 🙂


1. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

As far as I know this series isn’t complete yet (2 more books to be published, I believe) so the smartest thing to do I suppose would be to wait for all the books to be released… but who cares about being smart when you have fantasy novels, right? This series seems like it’s something that’ll be right up my alley, and all the hype for it has me crossing my fingers it’s as good as it sounds! AND THE COVERS THOUGH.

Falling Kingdoms series

2. Red Rising by Pierce Brown

Aside from the fact that this series seems to be everywhere (then again, almost every hyped book is), the final book to this series will be releasing sometime in 2016, which means it’s the perfect time for me to binge-read the series! I honestly can’t wait.

Red-Rising-Trilogy-by-Pierce-Brown

3. Fire and Thorns by Rae Carson

Another fantasy series?, you’re asking. Why yes, another fantasy series is on the list, of course because a) it’s one of the most common kinds of series (I mean, have you ever seen tons of contemporary series?) and also b) because I really want to read more fantasy novels in 2016 since, well, fantasy is fantastic. LOL, just had to do that. Sorry.

But apart from me completely rambling and being a total goof, the Fire and Thorns series by Rae Carson seems super good, and definitely not lacking in the gorgeous cover department either! JUST LOOK AT THEM. *Drool* They’re majestical. (Yes, that is now a word.)

Fire and Thorns series

4. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard

Not quite sure what genre this is… paranormal romance or fantasy, I suppose. This series has been on my TBR for who know how long, and with Susan Dennard’s newest upcoming release of Truthwitch, I’m eager to get a taste of what her writing is like (although I’d imagine her writing might’ve changed since the time she wrote Something Strange and Deadly).

Something Strange and Deadly

5. Splintered by A.G. Howard

Another TBR-oldie, this Alice in Wonderland retelling had my interest piqued for quite some time and I have my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to get around to reading it and hopefully enjoying it as well! 😀

Splintered series

6. Seven Realms by Cinda Williams Chima

Not sure if all of you have heard of this one (but my money’s on that you have) but the Severn Realms series is another popular one that I’m dying to read! There’s 4 books in this series, and they’re all released—so now it’s just a matter of getting a copy of the books! (And I know I can’t be the only one who loves the covers..!)

the-seven-realms-series

7. Dust Lands by Moira Young

The first book in this series, Blood Red Road has been on my TBR since FOREVER. And I know I’m basically saying that with every book and/or series on this list, but it’s true. Plus I’ve been hearing all sorts of good things from this one—and I suppose a dystopian break would be helpful amidst all the fantasy, yes?

Dust Lands Series

8. The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas

This series was added to my TBR not too long ago, although maybe I’m wrong, and yes, I have to admit, the covers are a big part of why I’m drawn to this series. I mean, come on! You’d have to be blind to not see the amazing-ness of it. But other than that, I really like the sound of the magic in this one; color me intrigued!

The Elemental Trilogy

9. Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Now, I haven’t read many books with dragons—but I really want to (DRAGONSSSS <3)—so I’m definitely adding the Seraphina duo-logy to my 2016 list! I’ve heard some mixed opinions about it, but I’m withholding judgement until I read it, which hopefully will be soon. 🙂

Seraphina Series

10. The Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson

And last but not least, I plan to read The Remnant Chronicles, a series whose third and final book will be published in August 2016. I’ll probably start this series in the summer because of this—and I can’t wait! It seems amazing.


So there we have it! It might be a little ambitious (okay, fine, A LOT ambitious) but at least it’s a goal, right? I really hope I’m able to get to some, if not all, of these series by the end of 2016. Wish me luck! 😛 (I’ll need it!)

What resolutions do you have for 2016? Have you read any of these series? What did you think of them? Which ones are on your TBR? (Who knows, maybe we can buddy-read it!) Let me know whatever thoughts you may have below; hugs!

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Top Ten Tuesday #27 (December 8th): Top 10 New-To-Me Authors First Read in 2015

Hello bookworms! It’s been SO LONG since I’ve participated in one of these, dear god. Can you believe my last one was in October?! Whoops… I swear I hadn’t mean to neglect this meme so much. But I’m back with this week’s topic, given to us by The Broke and the Bookish: Top ten new-to-me favourite authors I read for the first time in 2015.

2015 has been *the* year for new authors—for me, anyway. And I’m sure by now you guys know the whole bunch of them that I have adored: Becky Albertalli, Renee Ahdieh, you know, the debut authors whose books I’ve read—I’m pretty sure I have a whole TTT list of them too. So today’s list is going to be focused on the other authors I have discovered this year, who, may or may not be a debut author, but was still new-to-me. Let’s get on with it, shall we?


Julie Murphy1. Julie Murphy

She has written two novels so far, as far as I know; Side Effects May Vary, and Dumplin’. I have only read Dumplin’ this year, but I will definitely be reading Side Effects May Vary someday! Dumplin’ left quite the impression on me. Which reminds me, I still have to get up my review on that for you guys… 😉

2. Jojo MoyesJojo Moyes

She has written a lot of adult romance, I’m pretty sure? Not sure if she wrote any YA novels, but in any case, I’ve only read her novel Me Before You this year—which I loved by the way! I will definitely be thinking about trying out some of her other novels, even if adult contemporary isn’t something I read often.

Susan Ee3. Susan Ee

I’m not sure if it’s cheating here because I read several books from this author…? But she’s still a new-to-me author of 2015, so I’m counting it! 🙂 Susan Ee is simply an amazing author! Penryn and the End of Days trilogy blew me away and I can’t wait to read more from her.

4. Amy EngelAmy Engel

I read two books from this author this year, (or more specifically, The Book of Ivy duology), but I can’t help it! I can’t leave this author out of this list, because she is definitely one of my favorite new-to-me authors this year. I can’t wait to see what else she comes up with!

Claudia Gray5. Claudia Gray

I discovered Claudia Gray this year after reading A Thousand Pieces of You—you know, the book I can’t help but mention a hundred times because of its gorgeous cover? 😉 I have yet to read the sequel, but it is on my to-do list and I hope to read it soon!

6. Melissa LandersMelissa Landers

Unfortunately I haven’t been updating my reading for the past couple of weeks through WWW Wednesday as I usually do, but I recently read Alienated by Melissa Landers since I got a copy from the library, and I really enjoyed it! I will definitely be reading anything else Landers writes, along with the sequel to Alienated, of course.

Kate Eliott7. Kate Eliott

I have also gotten a copy of Court of Fives from the library as well, which I also really enjoyed! Kate Eliott has written several other books, I believe, although I’m not completely sure if they’re all YA… but either way, I can’t wait to read the sequel to Court of Fives or any other YA novel of Eliott’s!

8. Diana PeterfreundDiana Peterfreund

Another one of my library reads the past couple of weeks! (I’m kind of just trying to get an actual list of 10 by now…) For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund was a great experience, although left me a bit conflicted. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, but it was a good read all the same. I will be trying out her other novels along with Across a Star-Swept Sea (a companion novel, I believe, or maybe a sequel?) hopefully soon!

Rachel Hawkins9. Rachel Hawkins

And, finally, another (and my last) new-to-me author that I discovered over the past couple of weeks where I was MIA. I’ve heard of this author and her books early 2015, but I only just now got around to reading one of them, which happens to be called Rebel Belle. I liked it, and will definitely be checking out some other of Rachel Hawkins’ books.

10. Erin MorgensternErin Morgenstern

Yes! I managed to not completely blank out at the last moment and have managed to come up with another author. 😀 As far as I know this author only has one YA novel released, The Night Circus, which I read several months ago, but I definitely am interested in whatever other books she has planned! I somehow only found out about this author this year (even though her novel was released in 2011) but better late than never, right?


So there we have it! After a very long absence from Top Ten Tuesdays, I’m glad to have done this week’s topic—it was lots of fun! There are so many more authors I would’ve named, but unfortunately I’m limited to only 10. I tried to make my list include some new authors that I haven’t previously named in other top ten tuesday lists. How do you think I did on that aspect? 😛 Be sure to let me know below whatever thoughts you may have! I’m off to check out the many other TTT posts this week; feel free to leave yours in the comments!

I hope your Tuesday is off to a great start, or has ended on a great note (depending on where you are in the world)! Hugs, and lots of love! ❤ 

Until the Next Meal, Analee

 

I Need Another Book From These Debut Authors ASAP | Top Ten Tuesday #27 (November 3rd)

Hello everyone! It is time, once again, for a Top Ten Tuesday, a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish! I’m really excited for this week’s topic;

Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel (because when you love a debut you just are ITCHING to get your hands on the author’s second book) or Top Ten Sophomore Novels That I Loved Just As Much If Not More As The Author’s Debut (no one hit wonders heeeere!)

I’m going to go with the first choice (Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel) because 2015 has definitely been a great year for debut authors! Let’s get on with the list, shall we?

Becky Albertalli1. Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda was simply fabulous!! (If you need some more proof of its fabulousness, you can go check out my review on it here. LOL aren’t my self-promoting skills on point?!) I can’t wait for her next novel!

2. Sabaa Tahir, An Ember in the AshesSabaa Tahir

Her debut An Ember in the Ashes, was amazing!! I absolutely devoured it , and I simply can’t wait for the sequel, which will be called A Torch Against the Night. Sounds intriguing, no?

Nicola Yoon3. Nicola Yoon, Everything Everything

Everything, Everything has been the talk of the bookish community for such a long time, and it’s been quite hyped up! I’m going to have to add to the hype and say I really enjoyed this novel and really can’t wait to read more from this author. 😉 Seriously, this author has skills.

4. Pintip Dunn, Forget TomorrowPintip Dunn

I received Forget Tomorrow from the publisher via Netgalley (review coming soon) and I’m so glad I did! It was a really entertaining read and Pintip Dunn surprised me (in the good way) with her great writing style. I’ll be looking forward to the sequel of Forget Tomorrow as well as any other future novels she writes!

Francesca Zappia5. Francesca Zappia, Made You Up

Made You Up is another book that I loved! A book about schizophrenia, I really loved the story and the characters. Zappia’s writing is great, and I’d definitely be up for reading any of her future novels!

6. Victoria Aveyard, Red QueenVictoria Aveyard

Red Queen was an enjoyable read—I can definitely see why it’s so hyped up. Although maybe it isn’t flawless as some people make it out to be, it’s still entertaining and is a promising start to the series. Definitely looking forward to Glass Sword and any of Victoria Aveyard’s future novels!

Renee Ahdieh7. Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

If you’ve been following Book Snacks for a while (or at least ever since I read this book) you know how much I loved The Wrath and the Dawn! I was absolutely blown away by this book (and how much I enjoyed it). Its sequel, The Rose and the Dagger, isn’t being released fast enough!

8. Jennifer Niven, All the Bright PlacesJennifer Niven

Although All the Bright Places isn’t her only novel, I’m counting it for this list since it’s her first YA novel—and I’m hoping it won’t be the last! This emotional story was amazing and I’d be quite heartbroken if she has no more other YA novels in the works.

Maggie Hall9. Maggie Hall, The Conspiracy of Us

I read and reviewed The Conspiracy of Us near the beginning of this year, maybe February? I haven’t mentioned it much on this blog, though I’m not sure why… The Conspiracy of Us was a thoroughly enjoyable read! The sequel, Map of Fates, is being released sometime this coming January, and I can’t wait! Maggie Hall is definitely an author to have on your radar.

10. Maria Dahvana Headley, MagoniaMaria Headley

However mixed opinions Magonia may recieve, it’s undeniable that Maria Dahvana Headley has created an intriguing world with her creativity and beautiful writing. I enjoyed Magonia well enough and I will definitely be looking forward to its sequel and any other future novels from this author!

Honourable mentions—Debut authors whose book I want to read: Emma Mills (First and Then) , I.W. Gregorio (None of the Above), Adam Silvera (More Happy Than Not), Virginia Boecker (The Witch Hunter), Anna-Marie McLemore (The Weight of Feathers), Melissa Grey (The Girl at Midnight), Jasmine Warga (My Heart and Other Black Holes) AND A LOT MORE.


So these are my top choices for debut authors who have me looking forward to their future novels! Do we have any in common? Are any of these authors’ books on your TBR? What debut authors have you looking forward to their sophomore novel? Let me know whatever thoughts you have—and feel free to link your TTT as well! I’d love to come check it out.

Happy Tuesday! Hugs and lots of love to you all! ❤

Until the Next Meal, Analee

Top Ten Tuesday #24 (October 13th): Top Ten Author Duos I’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

Hello bookworms and welcome to a Top Ten Tuesday post! This week’s topic, given to us by The Broke and the Bookish is Top Ten Author Duos I’d Love to See Write a Book Together!

This is quite the interesting topic! Although there are several authors whom I could’ve paired with several authors, I tried to have a list with different duos each time. Let’s get on with it; in no particular order…

1. John Green and Rainbow Rowell 

I’ve seen this pairing a lot today, and I have to say, I agree! I’m more of a fan of Rainbow’s characters than Green’s, I have to say, and I think having them work together would create kind of the perfect match, you know? And both of their writing styles are really great too. Which gives us… a beautiful contemporary!

2. Robyn Schneider and Jennifer Niven

Ooh, I’d definitely pick up a collaboration between these two authors—especially if I’m looking for a particularly heart-wrenching contemporary! I’ve only read one book from each of these authors, Extraordinary Means and All the Bright Places, respectively, and already I know a book from both of these authors working together would be amazing.

3. Kasie West and Emery Lord

I’m on a roll for contemporary collabs here!! I’ve read all of Kasie West’s contemporaries—Love them all so much—and although I’ve only read The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord, I think together they’d definitely bring something special to the contemporary genre! One thing for sure, we won’t be lacking anything in the cuteness department!

4. Marie Lu and Alexandra Bracken

Can you just imagine how amazing a dystopian or sci-fi novel from these two authors would be?! Oh my gosh, this would be absolutely fantastic. Although I think it may cause a character love overload… XD I really enjoyed both the Legend series (Marie Lu) and The Darkest Minds series (Alexandra Bracken), so it would be exciting to see what a collab from the two authors would be like!

5. Sarah J. Maas and Sabaa Tahir 

Two of my favourite fantasy authors! I’ve read several novels from the former, and An Ember in the Ashes from the latter, and I definitely think together, these two authors would be able to create an awesome fantasy! Featuring, of course, kick-butt characters, swoon-worthy male leads, and of course, a thrilling plot.

6. Marissa Meyer and Veronica Rossi

Now, I can’t completely pinpoint why this pairing would work, but I definitely think it would! Both are great authors, who’ve written amazing novels, and I think they definitely would be able to come up with an awesome story, whether it’s dystopia, science-fiction or romance. 😉

7. Jennifer L. Armentrout and Wendy Higgins

This must happen!! Jennifer Armentrout being one of my favourite romance authors, and Wendy Higgins having written a great paranormal romance trilogy that I really enjoyed, these two authors would be a great combo! I’d definitely gobble up anything they write.

8. Aimee Carter and Josephine Angelini

I’ve read The Goddess Test series and the Starcrossed series from each of these authors, respectively, both books that included Greek mythology. I enjoyed both their series, and together they’d definitely be able to create quite the fantasy, or even a dystopia! Who knows.

9. Leigh Bardugo and Susan Ee

Both of these ladies are amazing writers, and their books definitely have a very dark feel to them. I absolutely love these authors and the books I’ve read from them, and although I’m not quite sure how a collab between the two would work out, I think it would be interesting to see it play out!

10. Tahereh Mafi and Ransom Riggs

This was another popular pairing I agree with! These two are a really cute couple, and it would be cool to see how these smart authors would work together! Both have outstanding writing styles and have written books I’ve loved, so it’s a win-win. 😀


So those are all my pairings! I’m actually quite surprised that I managed to come up with 10, to be honest. I know there are a lot more, but this is it for now! Tell me; what do you think of these pairings? Which ones do you agree on? Which ones do you not agree on? Let me know in the comments! ❤

I must now go finish some school work, but I hope you’re all enjoying your Tuesday!Until the Next Meal, Analee