Top 16 of 2016

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Is it too late to share my favorites 16 books of 2016??? I hope as hell not, because I’m doing it today! Here they are, my Top 16 of 2016 😀 . Click on the titles to get directed to my reviews of those books. And keep in mind, these are my favorite reads of the year, but most of them didn’t come out in 2016.


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A Monster Calls | The Score | Isla and the Happily Ever After | Ugly Love | Price of a Kiss | A Court of Mist and Fury | Illuminae | Archer’s Voice | Highly Illogical Behaviour | Us | Anything You Want | Forbidden | Lady Midnight | Carry On | Wallbanger | Life After Juliet

December TBR

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Again, I managed to read 20 books last month, and from my original 14 books on my TBR, I read 11 and started the 12th, so… not bad! I’m gonna aim for 14 books again, and see how that goes.

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  1. Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover (I’m halfway through already)
  2. Aimee and the Heartthrob (Backstage Pass #1) by Ophelia London
  3. Wrong (Wrong #1) by Jana Aston (I’m almost done)
  4. The Matchmaker’s Replacement (Wingmen Inc. #2) by Rachel Van Dyken
  5. Being Brooke by Emma Hart
  6. Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) by Alice Clayton (Re-read!)
  7. Hard Hitter (Brooklyn Bruisers #2) by Sarina Bowen
  8. Highly Illogical Behavior by John Corey Whaley
  9. Stripped (Travesty #2) by Piper Lawson
  10. Night Owls by Jenn Bennett
  11. How Not to Let Go (The Belhaven Series) by Emily Foster
  12. The Romantics by Leah Konen
  13. Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits #1) by Katie McGarry
  14. The Girl Who Fell by Shannon M. Parker

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Contemporaries!

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Top Ten ALL TIME Favorite Books Of X Genre (I know, I know. Picking all time faves. I’m MEAN. But I like knowing people’s definitive faves). Can also break it down into sub-genre if that helps?

I decided to go the obvious way and do some of my favorite contemporaries, either YA, NA or adult. Here we go!


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Sailor Moon Book Tag

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Hi guys! If you don’t know yet, I’m a huge fan of Sailor Moon, so when I saw this tag at Rayna @ReaderRayna‘s blog, I just had to do it! This tag was created by Kristin @Super Space Chick, Alexa @Alexa Loves Books, Cee @The Novel Hermit, Cristina @Girl in the Pages, and Sierra @SDavReads.


Moon: A book that makes you hungry

                      

The reasons for Simon Snow wanting to go back to school were mostly FOOD! So, how can one read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell and not think of food and being hungry?


Mercury: A book that features science and technology

                       

I love Ami and Sailor Mercury 😀 – look at her! Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff takes place in space, and has several elements of science and technology.


Venus: A book that makes you want to play video games

                         

I think the only logical answer for this question is Ernest Cline, and because I’ve only read Armada so far, I’m saying that. I really liked this book 😉 .


Mars: A book inspired by mythology or folklore

                

Rei Hino was for a long time my favorite Sailor Scout. I loved how she would give shit to Usagi, eheh. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas is a retelling of Hades and Persephone, so it has some elements of mythology.


Jupiter: A book that gave you strong feelings

                     

Then Makoto Kino (a.k.a. Sailor Jupiter) got there, and she stole my heart. I mean, this girl cooks and kicks ass? What’s not to love about her? Back to the question… Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma gave me SUPER STRONG FEELINGS! So much so, that I haven’t been able to write its review yet…


Saturn: A post apocalyptic book you love

                   

I’m not a huge fan of post apocalyptic books, but I absolutely loved Angelfall by Susan Ee, and I highly recommend this trilogy to everyone. The story is great, but the characters are absolutely amazing!


Pluto: A time travel book

                     

Sailor Pluto… eheh, should we talk about her massive crush on King Endymion?! The Girl From Everywhere by Heidi Heilig is much more than a time travel book, but it works for this question perfectly 😉 .


Uranus: A book featuring elemental magic

                     

Sailor Uranus, or Haruka Tenoh, was always one of my favorite characters in this show. I loved her sass, and her confidence, and I loved (and still do) her relationship with Michiru. So it’s only fitting to use Heir of Fire for this question, where 2 of my favorite book characters EVER have elemental powers.


Neptune: A book featuring music

                     

Oh Michiru ❤ ! Loud is How I Love You by Mercy Brown features a LOT of music, given that the main character and her love interest are part of a band, and they write together too.


Tuxedo Mask: A book with masquerades or hidden identities

                     

I’m so glad that in the new anime Mamoru revealed his identity as Tuxedo Mask to Usagi way earlier in the game, because come on… it was so obvious! In The Girl’s Got Secrets by Linda Kage, the main character pretends to be a boy to be able to get the gig as a band’s drummer. Things get tricky when she falls in love with her frontman.


Rini/Chibi Moon: A favorite middle grade book

                     

I haven’t read a lot of middle grade, so I’m going with the most obvious answer of all, and say Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling.


Luna, Artemis & Diana: A book for animal lovers

                     

How cute are Luna, Artemis and Diana? Either way, Wallbanger by Alice Clayton has the most amazing cat ever in books :D.


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Book Traveling Thursdays: A Favorite Bookish Pet

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Hello, welcome back to another Book Traveling 168709Thursdays, which a weekly meme created by Cátia @The Girl Who Read Too Much and Danielle @Danielle’s Book Blog. The goal is to share the covers of a book related to that week’s theme, which you can see at the Goodreads group, indicating the original cover, the one of your country, your favorite and least favorite.

This week’s theme is “Everyone needs a companion. Choose your favorite bookish pet“. This one is easy. I have to choose Clive from Wallbanger by Alice Clayton… I just HAVE TO! Clive is freaking amazing and fun and he’s the best cat EVER!!!


Original COver:

This one is the original US cover and I can’t believe I’m saying this… but this cover kind of grew on me…

COVER FROM MY COUNTRY (PORTUGAL) & COVER FROM THE COUNTRY I LIVE IN (SPAIN):

No cover for Portugal, but the book did come out in Spain, and they went for the original cover. I have to say that I like this edition, I like the pink letters better and I like the size and placing of the author’s name.

Favorite COVER(s):

                                            

I’m not in love with any of the covers for this book, but the Spanish and the Brazilian editions are probably my favorites. By the way, the brazilian title “Subindo pelas Paredes” literally means “climbing walls“, and it’s an expression of need… deep deep need.

LEAST FAVORITE COVER(s):

                                              

These 2 covers, the Italian and Indonesian editions, are pretty bad, right? Especially the last one…

Top Ten Tuesday: Couples and Love Songs

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

This week is all about music & books. We previously did books we’d give theme songs to so feel free to do that! Or 10 songs I wish that were books (check out my love songs I wish were books for an example of what I mean) — Thanks to the couple people who suggested making this one an official topic. I don’t know why I hadn’t…I think I thought my post WAS for TTT in my head when I thought back to it.

Given that Valentine’s Day was just a couple of days ago, I decided to fuse some couples with some music. I only used NA couples for this week ;-). So here are some couples with some love lyrics that apply to them (in my opinion 🙂 ).


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Bookish Bromances

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There’s one thing I love to see in books, sometimes even more than the romances themselves, and that is: a good bromance! I mean, seriously, is there anything better than watching/reading about friendshio? Especially between 2 guys? I think it’s magical :D.


1. Will & Jem – The Infernal Devices

Will and Jem are the definition of bromance. They are more than brothers. The way they love each other is epic!

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2. Jace & Alec – The Mortal Instruments

Like good parabatai, the bond between these two is beyond words… now, I just wish that the show would do it justice.

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3. Dorian & Chaol – Throne of Glass

I loved this friendship in the first book and I hated that Chaol’s relationship with Celaena made a dent in it. Luckily, it is all good now, right?

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4. Harry & Ron – Harry Potter

Even fighting sometimes, they always had each other’s backs.


5. Tamlin & Lucien – A Court of Thorns and Roses

The way Lucien makes fun of Tamlin… LOL! These two are adorable!

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6. Aedion & Rowan – Queen of Shadows

They are hostile for a moment there, but they develop a true bond and it’s beautiful.

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7. Seth & RyanSecond Chances 

What Seth and Ryan go through during the two books of this series clearly shows the love that exists between them… #goals!

                                                   


8. Garrett, Logan, Dean & Tucker – Off-Campus

One of the funniest and greatest part of The Deal was watching the relationship between the 4 friends and roommates. I sill have to read the other 2 books that are already out, but they are awesome together.


9. Thorne & Kai – The Lunar Chronicles

Thorne and Kai share a wonderful moment in Winter that made them apt to join this list. I wish we had some more moments of bonding between the guys, but one can always imagine them :D.

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10. Simon & Clive – Wallbanger

I’m cheating here, but come on, can you really blame me? Clive is the most awesome cat ever! And he bonds with Simon just like a person. I mean, Simon puts him on the counter to watch him cook, and goes retrieve him so he can sleep with the… it’s cute as hell!

Top Ten Tuesday: Memorable First Kisses

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Hello, welcome back to another Tuesday. Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s theme is:

Valentine’s Day is next week…let’s do a Valentine’s Day themed freebie! Top Ten Books That Would Make Great Valentine’s Day Reads (or anti-Valentine’s day reads), Top Ten OTPs, Top 10 fictional crushes, top ten great love declarations in fiction, swoony quotes from books etc. Get creative!

This is getting harder and harder to find themes… I decided to go ahead and to Memorable First Kisses! 😀


1. Ron and Hermione – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

I don’t think I could start this list any other way. Ron and Hermione’s first kiss is epic and totally memorable. The book one, ok?

“There was a clatter as the basilisk fangs cascaded out of Hermione’s arms. Running at Ron, she flung them around his neck and kissed him full on the mouth. Ron threw away the fangs and broomstick he was holding and responded with such enthusiasm that he lifted Hermione off her feet.”

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2. Cath and Levi – Fangirl

I just loved their first kiss (and every single one of the others, because they’re adorable!).

“He nudged his nose against hers, and their mouths fell sleepily together, already soft and open.”

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3. Simon and Baz – Carry On

Well, given that Cath is above, it’s only fair that Simon and Baz epic first kiss follows. I was literally holding my breath on that scene. I actually had to stop and sit down on the subway bench to read it properly. And yeah, I had people waiting for me 😛

“He shakes his head, and he’s saying something, and I think I might kiss him. Because I’ve never kissed anyone before. (I was afraid I might bite.) And I’ve never wanted to kiss anyone but him. (I won’t bite. I won’t hurt him.) I just want to kiss him, then go.

“Simon…,” I say.

And then he kisses me.”

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4. Thorne and Cress – Cress

I ship these two so hard, and their first kiss was just the most adorable thing ever.

“I guess it’s time.”

While Cress’s thoughts continued to churn through the horrible things that could happen to her, she felt herself being suddenly spun around and dipped backward, a supportive arm scooping beneath her back. She yelped and caught herself on Thorne’s shoulder.

Then he was kissing her.”

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5. Caroline and Simon – Wallbanger

I admit that I’m a fan of angry first kisses, and Simon and Caroline’s first kiss was sort of perfect in that way.

“”Why are you such a manwhoring asshole?” I asked, my face inches from his.

“Why are you such a cockblocking priss?” he asked, and when I opened my mouth to tell him exactly what I though, the fucker kissed me. 

Kissed me. 

Placed his lips on mine and kissed me. Under the moon and the stars, with the sounds of the waves crashing and the crickets cricketing.”


6. Magnus and Alec – The Mortal Instruments

This technically isn’t in any of the books, but it is on Cassie’s site, so I’m gonna roll with it, you can read the whole thing here: Kissed: Magnus and Alec’s First Kiss.

“Magnus’ finger was under his chin, tilting his face up, and then they were kissing. Alec heard a small hitching gasp come from his own throat and then their mouths were pressed together with a sort of controlled urgency. Magnus, Alec thought dazedly, really knew what he was doing. His lips were soft, and he parted Alec’s expertly, exploring his mouth: a symphony of lips, teeth, tongue, every movement waking up a nerve ending Alec had never known he had.”

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7. Rowan and Aelin – Queen of Shadows

This should come to no surprise. Rowan and Aelin are definitly one of my favorite ships, and their first kiss was awesome… come on… we waited a long time for it! It was full of tension and I loved that it was Aelin who kissed him :D.

“Her finger shook as she brushed them against his mouth, and his control shredded apart right there.

“What are you waiting for?” he said, the words near guttural.

“Bastard,” she murmured, and kissed him.

Her mouth was soft and warm, and he bit back a groan. His body went still — his entire world went still — at that whisper of a kiss, the answer to a question he’d asked for centuries. He realized he was staring only when she withdrew slightly. His fingers tightened at her waist.

“Again,” he breathed.”                                                                                            (source)


8. Shahrzad and Khalid – The Wrath and the Dawn

The first kiss between Shazi and Khalid is so damn important! Yep, they had been married for a while and done a lot in the time, but not kissing, that was special.

““What are you doing to me, you plague of a girl?” he whispered.

“If I’m a plague, then you should keep your distance, unless you plan on being destroyed.” The weapons still in her grasp, she shoved against his chest.

“No.” His hands dropped to her waist. “Destroy me.”

The bow and arrow clattered to the ground as he brought his mouth to hers.

And there was no turning back.”


9. Penryn and Raffe – Angelfall

I ship Penryn and Raffe with all force, so when she made a move and kissed him, I was thrilled, even if he says the worst thing right after it. But come one, did we really believe Raffe at that point? Not a chance!

“I place my hand on his cheek. It’s warm and pleasant. Maybe too pleasant. When his eyes don’t open, I tentatively touch my lips to his.

At first, I get no response and I consider backing off.

Then, his kiss turns hungry.

It is not the gentle kiss of a couple on a first date, nor is it the kiss of a man driven by simple lust. He kisses me with the desperation of a dying man who believes the magic of eternal life is in this kiss.”

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10. Eden and Tyler – Did I Mention I Love You?

After butting heads for half the book, Eden and Tyler finally find some common ground in their step-sibling relationship… yeah, it’s just not what it was supposed to be! They kiss, and then kiss again, and then there’s a huge headache for both of them, because being in love with someone you shouldn’t is not easy.

“His words have just left his lips when I reach out for him, grasping his face in my hands and feeling the warmth of his skin. I slam my lips into his, overwhelmed by the sensation as my eyelids flutter closed and a deafening silence consumes us. It’s agonizing the way my heart thuds against my chest, but exhilarating the way his lips feel against mine.”

Wallbanger (Cocktail #1) (Alice Clayton)

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Caroline Reynolds has a fantastic new apartment in San Francisco, a Kitchen Aid mixer to die for, and no O (and we’re not talking Oprah here, folks). She has a flourishing design career, an office overlooking the bay, a killer zucchini bread recipe, and no O. She has Clive (the best cat ever), great friends, a great rack, and no O. Adding insult to O-less, she also has an oversexed neighbor with the loudest late-night wallbanging she’s ever heard. Every moan, spank, and —was that a meow?— punctuates the fact that not only is she losing sleep, she still has —yep, you guessed it— no O.

Enter Simon Parker. When the wallbanging threatens to literally bounce her out of bed, Caroline, clad in sexual frustration and a pink baby-doll nightie, confronts her heard-but-never-seen neighbor. Their late-night hallway encounter has…well…mixed results. Because with walls this thin, the tension’s gonna be thick. A delicious mix of silly and steamy, this is an irresistible tale of exasperation at first sight.


OMG!!! People, this is officially my favorite New Adult book ever!!! And it definitly makes my favorite’s shelf too, because this is the best!

Ok, I’ll try to be coherent here, ok? But give me a break if I fail! 😀

First of all, this book is brilliantly written. It’s so funny and witty and full of so well done innuendos. Then there’s the matter that the normal narration is interrupted by text messages from all the characters to each other, as well as a super funny chapter where we get a glimpse at what is going on in the mind of each people that are inside a moving car. IT IS BRILLIANT!

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Then the characters are amazing. I’m serious here people, I have a new book boyfriend, his name is Simon “Wallbanger” Parker, because he’s dreamy! Caroline is such a wonderful narrator and such a good character too. She’s so strong! I absolutely loved how funny they both were, and how each character in the book complements each-other, from bosses, to best friends and to everything else. And let’s not forget Clive, a.k.a., the BEST CAT EVER!!!!

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I have to admit that when I saw the cover and the title I was expecting something totally different from what I got in this book. I assumed that Simon would be a conceited womanizer who would change his ways for his new neighbour, but that’s not exactly what happens. Simon is a lot more than that, and his relationship with Caroline is seriously goals! I loved how they became friends, good friends, great friends, and that the rest just came up slowly and surely. There was no rush or rash decisions and that was refreshing.

But GOD! I loved the chapters that featured Simon’s night visitors! Spanx, Purina and Giggles!!!! OMG!

I absolutely adored their time together, whether it was battling broken plumbing, or watching scary movies, baking and cooking, or everything else they did on that kitchen… that was a good chapter *wink-wink*!!!

I have to admit that I thought that the whole “problem solving” thing was so well done. It was perfect. Simon was perfect. Well done.

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I love the whole plot of the book, I seriously can’t find a single thing wrong with it. This book made me laugh so hard that I was shaking on the train, trying to keep quiet about my giggles (and failing miserably!). PLEASE, READ IT! I’m so glad that there’s a sequel, because I need more Simon and Caroline in my life.

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