Top 5 Tuesday #4

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Bionic Book Worm, this week’s prompt is:

Top 5 Summer Reads

Because we’re still in Asian Heritage Month, I decided to keep my picks to Asian authors.

Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians is like a more culturally diverse Gossip Girl. It’s a story full of drama about a woman named Rachel who is going to Singapore to meet her boyfriend’s family for the first time. She is surprised to find out he is insanely wealthy and considered one of Singapore’s most eligible bachelors. I don’t know about you but I love reading contemporaries during the summer. I first read Crazy Rich Asians two summers ago and have associated it with summer ever since!

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
The Kiss Quotient follows a woman named Stella who is very inexperienced when it comes to dating and relationships. She hires a male escort to show her the ropes. The Kiss Quotient is a super cute, sweet, and funny romance, just the type I like to read during the summer months.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
When Dimple Met Rishi is a young adult contemporary romance novel following a young woman named Dimple during her last summer before college. Her parents send her off to a coding camp (something she is extremely excited about) with the ulterior motive of also trying to arrange a marriage for her to a young man named Rishi. What better book to read in the summer time than one that takes place during the summer?

The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller
I don’t just like easy going contemporaries and decided to include a few hard-hitting ones as well. The Science of Breakable Things is a middle grade novel about a girl named Natalie who’s mother is depressed, and who is learning just what that means. The Science of Breakable Things is super underrated! It’s a middle grade so it isn’t too heavy, yet the topic was really well handled.

The Astonishing Colour of After by Emily X.R. Pan
For my last hard-hitting contemporary pick I had to go with The Astonishing Colour of After. It is such a beautiful story. The Astonishing Colour of After follows a young woman named Leigh who’s mother recently committed suicide. Leigh also believes her mother has turned into a bird. Leigh visits Taiwan to reconnect with her mother’s family and culture.

What books are you excited to get to this summer? I’d love to know! Happy reading! 💗

Top 5 Tuesday #3

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Bionic Book Worm, this week’s prompt is:

Top 5 Opening Lines

I can’t help it, I’ve definitely chosen more than 5 books for this topic because I think it’s so great.

I have a thing for shocking/murderous lines 😅

❥Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
When I wake up, all my friends are dead.

❥Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye
Of all my many murders, committed for love and for better reasons, the first was the most important.

❥Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley.

❥Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
On the second Sabbat of Twelfthmoon, in the city of Weep, a girl fell from the sky.

❥The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
This is how I kill someone.

Bonus 1: iconic first lines that I love

❥Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

❥Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
‘“Christmas won’t be Christmas without any presents,” grumbled Jo, lying on the rug.

❥Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Bonus 2: opening paragraphs that I absolutely love

❥Cracked by Eliza Crewe
There are some people you know you shouldn’t anger because it isn’t right. Like your mom-if she’s the nice sort. There are other people you know you shouldn’t anger because they have the authority to punish you. Police officers, politicians, insane asylum wardens, your mom-if she’s the bad sort. But there are some people you shouldn’t anger that you don’t know about, because no one ever survived to warn you. I’m the third kind.

❥Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik
The real story isn’t half as pretty as the one you’ve heard. The real story is, the miller’s daughter with her long golden hair wants to catch a lord, a prince, a rich man’s son, so she goes to the moneylender and borrows for a ring and a necklace and decks herself out for the festival. And she’s beautiful enough, so the lord, the prince, the rich man’s son notices her, and dances with her, and tumbles her in a quiet hayloft when the dancing is over, and afterwards he goes home and marries the rich woman his family has picked out for him. Then the miller’s despoiled daughter tells everyone that the moneylender’s in league with the devil, and the village runs him out or maybe even stones him, so at least she gets to keep the jewels for a dowry, and the blacksmith marries her before that firstborn child comes along a little early. Because that’s what the story’s really about: getting out of paying your debts.

Obviously I saved by favourite book for last, and if that opening paragraph doesn’t sell you on it then I don’t know what will. I’d love to know some of your favourite opening lines, and if any of these ones grabbed your attention! Happy reading! 💗

Top 5 Tuesday #2

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Bionic Book Worm, this week’s prompt is:

Top 5 Worst Rulers

Worst can be interpreted in more than one way, and I’ve taken more than one interpretation so I’ll be sure to clarify what I mean down below.

❥The Darkling (Grisha Verse by Leigh Bardugo)
So unfortunately I’m in the camp that does not like the Darkling. I don’t find him a particularly compelling villain and in my head he’s a 50-year-old man I don’t know why I have this mental image, but it’s stuck there until the Shadow and Bone adaption comes along to change it. He’s just too generic for my personal tastes. While he is successful at what he does and goes for what he wants, he’s one of my top 5 worst rulers because I don’t find him particularly interesting.

❥Leck (Graceling Trilogy by Kristin Cashore)
Leck is one of the worst rulers in the sense that he is an awful human being and he terrorizes and takes advantage of everyone. Unlike the Darkling, I do actually like Leck as a villain, especially in the first instalment, Graceling, Cashore just pulled off the mysterious yet terrifying vibe so well.

❥The Guardians (The Broken Earth Trilogy by N.K. Jemisin)
There’s a lot that’s messed up and broken when it comes to the hierarchy of The Broken Earth series and it’s especially awful to have to read about the treatment of the Orogenes by the hands of the Guardians. They’re the worst in that they’re an awful group of people.

❥The King of Hearts (Heartless by Marissa Meyer)
These next two are the worst in that they’re just not fit for the job. The King of Hearts has absolutely no backbone, he’s much too easy to manipulate and influence. No wonder Wonderland is a mess.

❥King Il (Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi)
King Il is a similar situation to the King of Hearts. While Il’s intentions are good and his ideals are admirable, he’s too much of a dreamer and his actions ultimately cause turmoil in his kingdom.

Which rulers do you think are the worst? I’d love to know! Happy reading! 💗

Top 5 Tuesday #1

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Bionic Book Worm, this week’s prompt is:

Top 5 Cute Romances

I’m going to be interpreting this prompt as top five relationships I find the cutest, as opposed to top five romance novels I find the cutest. These are all romances that pull at my heartstrings and make me squeal like the unabashed fan-girl that I really am.

❥Nina Zenik & Matthias Helvar (Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo)
I’m actually under the impression that this is the least popular couple when it comes to the Dregs, but they are most definitely my favourite (Kaz & Inej is a close second). I’m a huge sucker for a playful back and forth, especially if that involves teasing, and it’s all the more fun in that Matthias is so innocent when it comes to relationships and Nina very much is not.

❥Royce Melborn & Gwendolyn Delancy (Riyria Revelations by Michael J. Sullivan)
Usually I’m not one to root for a bad boy romance, but I’m making an exception in this case (especially since Royce is one of my favourite characters ever). Royce can be a pretty awful human being, like 90% of the time, and I think the 10% of goodness is solely reserved for when he’s in Gwen’s presence. I’d like to say Gwen always brings out the best in him <s>a murderous scene comes to mind that has me stopping</s>, but it’s probably more accurate to say she brings out his humanity. When I consider the Royce before Gwen and the Royce after they’re such different people. Also, they’re super shy and sweet around each other, I love that!

❥Kanata Tanaka & Kazuki Yoshikawa (Love at Fourteen by Fuka Mizutani)
As I mentioned above, I love it when the people in a relationship are super sweet and cute around each other. Mizutani perfectly captures the innocence of first love through Kanata and Kazuki’s relationship, but it’s more than that. These characters are their true selves around each other and they have a relationship that feels so right, I’ve never read about two characters that I thought were more perfect for each other.
Side note: If you’re going to read this manga you should know it is very problematic in its other romantic pairings.

❥Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe (The Anne Series by L.M. Montgomery)
I can’t write a list of my favourite romances and not include Anne and Gilbert. Gilbert ticks off all my boxes when it comes to what I want in a partner, so why wouldn’t I want that for my beloved Anne? He’s devoted but patient, never pressing his feelings on her. He wants what’s best for her and for her to be happy. He’s her intellectual equal and pushes her to be her best self. They know each other inside and out. They very much feel like that one couple that’s been together forever and that every other couple aspires to be like. It also helps that any romantic scene between the two of them always makes me feel warm and fuzzy.

❥Son Hak and Princess Yona (Yona of the Dawn by Mizuho Kusanagi)
I didn’t plan it this way, but I happened to save my OTP for last. This romance has so many elements I absolutely love, we have friends-to-lovers, princess and the guard, slow, slow burn, these characters are oblivious to each other’s feelings, at one point one of the characters doesn’t realize how they feel and it takes them ages to figure it out and I eat that up and love it, and one of the characters feels like they can’t say how they feel because of valid and understandable reasons, and there’s so much longing. He teases her, and she’s constantly thinking his advances are just a way to get a rise out of her, and they have such a great back-and-fourth. They’re one of those pairings that are super touchy feely in the best way, holding hands, hugging, cupping faces, because they grew up together and are so comfortable with each other. They make each other want to be better people, and look up to one another and are always so supportive. And they just want the other person to be happy! *sigh* There’s a reason this couple is my OTP.

Please feel free to gush about your favourite couples with me as well as your favourite romance tropes! Happy reading! 💗