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Top 10 of 2016 {Reminder}

Hey everyone!

Just wanted to post a reminder that the Top 10 of 2016 starts on Monday, December 26th!  If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time. You can sign up by CLICKING HERE.

If you’ve already signed up, there are still a few days left to get your posts ready. So that you don’t have to check the original post, here’s the schedule of posts and dates.


The Schedule

Monday, December 26th

  • Best Books I’ve Read in 2016 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2016, just a book you’ve read in 2016)

Tuesday, December 27th

  • Best Book Covers of 2016 (MUST be a book released in 2016. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2016, but it’s not required)

Wednesday, December 28th

  • Best ________ of 2016 (Reader’s/Blogger’s choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER: this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2016)

Thursday, December 29th

  • Best Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends of 2016 (MUST be from a book released in 2016 and from a book you’ve READ in 2016)

Friday, December 30th

  • Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2017. (This list should be comprised ONLY of books releasing in 2017)

How you do these posts/lists is totally up to you. What books, covers and characters you pick are all your own.

The only rule to follow is posting the topics on the dates we’ve provided.

All the other rules can be found in the sign-up post HERE.

I hope everyone has an awesome time participating in the Top 10 of 2016 and I can’t wait to check out your posts next week.


Top 10 of 2016 {Sign-up + Giveaway}

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It’s that time again…

The days are short. The nights are colder. And there are very few days left to figure out what gifts to get for everyone for the holidays.

But…

Even with all that bumming me out, I am so excited to be once again co-hosting the Top 10 of 2016 – a fun-filled week where we look back at some of the best of all things books of 2016 and look ahead to what we can’t wait for in 2017 – with the very awesome Jaime of Two Chicks on Books and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader! Sadly, this year Mindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads won’t be joining in, but we are thrilled to have Bridget of Dark Faerie Tales on the team along with Nancy’s blog partner Christy!

And, as always, I want to send out a huge thank you to our original co-hosts and creators of this event – Lisa of A Life Bound by Books and Jessica of Confessions of a Bookaholic.

This year’s sign-up giveaway – open to those who sign up for this event and participate – is for some of our favorite 2016 ARCs and a $10 GC to Amazon or The Book Depository for our International peeps! So be sure to leave your link in the Linky and enter in the Rafflecopter.


The Details

The event runs for five consecutive days, the last week full of the year – Monday, December 26th to Friday, December 30th. Five days in which we share some of our favorite lists and we invite ALL of YOU to join in on the fun and share your lists with everyone too!

Each day of the event just visit one of the hosting blogs and share your list in the Linky below each day’s post. Just make sure to match up the correct post and Linky list to get credit.


The Schedule

Monday, December 26th

  • Best Books I’ve Read in 2016 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2016, just a book you’ve read in 2016)

Tuesday, December 27th

  • Best Book Covers of 2016 (MUST be a book released in 2016. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2016, but it’s not required)

Wednesday, December 28th

  • Best ________ of 2016 (Reader’s/Blogger’s choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER: this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2016)

Thursday, December 29th

  • Best Book Boyfriends/Girlfriends of 2016 (MUST be from a book released in 2016 and from a book you’ve READ in 2016)

Friday, December 30th

  • Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2017. (This list should be comprised ONLY of books releasing in 2017)

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How you do these posts/lists is totally up to you. What books, covers and characters you pick are all your own.

The only rule to follow is posting the topics on the dates we’ve provided.

If you think it will be impossible to keep each list to just 10, there’s always the option of breaking the lists up. For example, creating a list for your Top 10 YA favorites and a list for your Top 10 NA favorites and a list for your Top 10 Adult favorites, etc. This is absolutely fine. You can even feel free to add in a few honorable mentions if you’re having a tough time sticking to just 10.

BUT, please try to keep it to a minimum. It totally defeats the purpose if you have 10 favorites and then 150 honorable mentions.

The goal of this event is for YOU to join in and share your lists with us and for everyone to visit as many of the other participating blogs to check out THEIR lists. It’s also to have fun – so don’t stress it too much!

The event is simple. Make note of the dates and tens list topics as provided and fill out the Linky below. This will give us an idea who will be joining us for the Top 10 week. THEN, be sure to come back to one of our blogs on each of the five days and link up your post for that specific day!

Just remember, each day will have a Linky for that Top 10 topic.

You don’t want to miss a day during the event. There might even be a few giveaways, so joining in the event, keeping up with our and everyone’s lists, just might help win you a bookish prize! Additional giveaway details to come, so be sure to check back to find out what we’re giving away and when!


Grab the Button

Feel free to grab either of our event buttons – THE GRAB CODE IS BELOW EACH BUTTON IN THE SIDEBAR – and help spread the word for the event. We’d love to have anyone and everyone join us this year. The more the merrier!

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The Giveaway

We have once again decided to do a sign-up giveaway for those who sign up early. The giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on December 25th, and we’ll be announcing the winners at the end of the event.

  • We have each donated three ARCs, all of which are pictured below and which will be sent separately to ONE WINNER – US ONLY

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  • ONE WINNER will receive a $10 Amazon or The Book Depository Gift Card – International

Giveaway Deets

  • Giveaway is ONLY open to those who’ve signed up and who participate
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • ARC Giveaway is US ONLY; Gift Card Giveaway is International
  • Giveaway is open until December 25th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • ARCs will be sent separately from each of the four hosts to the winner via Media Mail; GC will be sent by email

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The Linky

Don’t forget to grab the button provided for the event and display it on your blog, linking it back to this post so that anyone who wants to find out more about the event can easily do so.

We hope everyone is as excited for this event to start as we are, and we can’t wait to check out all of your lists!

NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your Name, Blog Name and URL on one blog. Thanks!

Link up!




Top 10 of 2015 {Reminder}

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Hey everyone! Just wanted to post a reminder that the Top 10 of 2015 starts on Monday!  If you haven’t signed up yet, there’s still time. You can sign up HERE.

If you’ve already signed up, there are still a few days left to get your posts ready. Here’s the schedule of posts and dates, FYI.


The Schedule

Monday, December 21st

  • Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2015, just a book you’ve read in 2015)

Tuesday, December 22nd

  • Best Book Covers of 2015 (MUST be a book released in 2015. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2015, but it’s not required)

Wednesday, December 23rd

  • Best ________ of 2015 (Reader’s/Blogger’s choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER: this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2015)

Thursday, December 24th

  • Best Book Boyfriends of 2015 (MUST be from a book released in 2015 and from a book you’ve READ in 2015)

Friday, December 25th

  • Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2016. (This list should be comprised ONLY of books released in 2016)

How you do these posts/lists is totally up to you. What books, covers and characters you pick are all your own.

The only rule to follow is posting the topics on the dates we’ve provided.

All the other rules can be found in the sign-up post HERE.

I hope everyone has an awesome Top 10 of 2015 and I can’t wait to check out your posts next week.


Top 10 of 2015 {Sign-up + Giveaway}

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It’s that time again… can you believe it? I can’t. Seriously. It was just July. I was sweltering. Now it’s freezing… well, California’s version of freezing. And the days are sooo short.

But even though the time has flown by, and I’m hating the fact that it gets dark so early, I am super excited that it’s almost time for the Top 10 of 2015 – a week-long event in which we look back at some of the best of all things books from 2015 and look forward to those books in 2016 that we are super stoked for.

I am also super excited to be co-hosting once again with some of my most favorite fellow bloggers – Jaime of Two Chicks on BooksMindy of Magical Urban Fantasy Reads, and Nancy of Tales of a Ravenous Reader! And, as always, I want to send out a huge thank you to our original co-hosts and creators of this event – Lisa of A Life Bound by Books and Jessica of Confessions of a Bookaholic.

This year’s sign-up giveaway – open to those who sign up for this event and participate – is for some awesome 2016 ARCs! So be sure to leave your link in the Linky and enter in the Rafflecopter.


The Details

The event runs for five consecutive days, the last week full of the year – Monday, December 21st to Friday, December 25th. Five days in which we share some of our favorite lists and we invite ALL of YOU to join in on the fun and share your lists with everyone too!

Each day of the event just visit one of the hosting blogs and share your list in the Linky below each day’s post. Just make sure to match up the correct post and Linky list to get credit.


The Schedule

Monday, December 21st

  • Best Books I’ve Read in 2015 (Doesn’t have to be released in 2015, just a book you’ve read in 2015)

Tuesday, December 22nd

  • Best Book Covers of 2015 (MUST be a book released in 2015. Would be best if it’s a book you’ve READ in 2015, but it’s not required)

Wednesday, December 23rd

  • Best ________ of 2015 (Reader’s/Blogger’s choice. Please fill in the blank with ONE of these topics – Villains, Contemporaries, Dual POV’s, Novellas, Adult titles, New Adult titles, Love Triangles, Couples, Bad Boys or Debuts. REMEMBER: this list MUST be from books you’ve READ in 2015)

Thursday, December 24th

  • Best Book Boyfriends of 2015 (MUST be from a book released in 2015 and from a book you’ve READ in 2015)

Friday, December 25th

  • Top 10 Books I’m looking forward to in 2016. (This list should be comprised ONLY of books released in 2016)

How you do these posts/lists is totally up to you. What books, covers and characters you pick are all your own.

The only rule to follow is posting the topics on the dates we’ve provided.

If you think it will be impossible to keep each list to just 10, there’s always the option of breaking the lists up. For example, creating a list for your Top 10 YA favorites and a list for your Top 10 NA favorites and a list for your Top 10 Adult favorites, etc. This is absolutely fine. You can even feel free to add in a few honorable mentions if you’re having a tough time sticking to just 10.

BUT, please try to keep it to a minimum. It totally defeats the purpose if you have 10 favorites and then 150 honorable mentions.

The goal of this event is for YOU to join in and share your lists with us and for everyone to visit as many of the other participating blogs to check out THEIR lists. It’s also to have fun – so don’t stress it too much!

The event is simple. Make note of the dates and tens list topics as provided and fill out the Linky below. This will give us an idea who will be joining us for the Top 10 week. THEN, be sure to come back to one of our blogs on each of the five days and link up your post for that specific day!

Just remember, each day will have a Linky for that Top 10 topic.

You don’t want to miss a day during the event. There might even be a few giveaways, so joining in the event, keeping up with our and everyone’s lists, just might help win you a bookish prize! Giveaway details to come, so be sure to check back to find out what we’re giving away and when!


Grab the Button

Feel free to grab our event button – THE GRAB CODE IS BELOW THE BUTTON IN THE SIDEBAR – and help spread the word for the event. We’d love to have anyone and everyone join us this year. The more the merrier!

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The Giveaway

We have once again decided to do a sign-up giveaway for those who sign up early. The giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. Pacific on December 20th, and we’ll be announcing the winner at the end of the event.

We have each donated three ARCs, all of which are pictured below and which will be sent separately to ONE WINNER.

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  • Giveaway is ONLY open to those who’ve signed up and who participate
  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is US ONLY
  • Giveaway is open until December 20th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Prizes will be sent separately from each of the four hosts to the winner via Media Mail

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway


The Linky

Don’t forget to grab the button provided for the event and display it on your blog, linking it back to this post so that anyone who wants to find out more about the event can easily do so.

We hope everyone who is as excited for this event to start as we are, and we can’t wait to check out all of your lists!

NOTE: this is the SAME Linky on each of the co-hosts blogs, so please just enter your Name, Blog Name and URL on one blog. Thanks!

Link up!



FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER Blog Tour: ‘Friendship vs. Love’ Guest Post + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to welcome Juliana Romano to the blog today for my stop on the FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER Blog Tour. I absolutely loved this amazing book, which is filled with such wonderful imagery in addition to great characters, a captivating story, and all sorts of feels.

I’ll be sharing my review this weekend on the blog if you’d like to know what else I thought about the book. But for my stop on the tour today I have an awesome guest post by the author on Friendship vs. Love. I’d asked her which she’d choose, and as you’ll see from her post, it’s not an easy choice to make.

And if you’d like to know what choice Lima makes, you’ll have to read FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER. But in the meantime, there’s some information about the book just below. I’m also offering up a copy for giveaway. So if you don’t yet have one and would like the chance to win one, enter in the Rafflecopter a bit further down.

I’ve also included links to some of the other stops on the tour. So if you’d like to check out a few interviews and reviews, scroll down to the bottom of the post.


About FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER

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Title: FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER
Author: Juliana Romano
Release date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 400
Formats: Hardcover, eBook

Description…

Perfect for fans of Jenny Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty and Huntley Fitzpatrick’s My Life Next Door, Juliana Romano’s expressive debut is an absorbing and bittersweet story about first love, first loss, and the friends that carry us through it all.

Lima and Hailey have always been best friends: Lima shy and sensitive, Hailey funny and free-spirited. But Hailey abandons Lima to party with the popular kids and pursue Nate, her disinterested crush. As their friendship falters, Lima and Nate begin spending more time together. And before Lima knows what she’s feeling, she and Nate do something irreversible. Something that would hurt Hailey….if she knew it happened.

Lima thinks she’s saving her friendship by lying, but she’s only buying time. As the secrets stack up, Lima is forced to make a choice: between her best friend forever, and the boy who wasn’t meant to be hers.

AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | THE BOOK DEPOSITORY | INDIEBOUND | BOOKS-A-MILLION | GOODREADS


The Guest Post

Friendship vs. Love

by Juliana Romano

Friendship or love? What an impossible choice! It’s funny, because in some ways, my whole book, First There Was Forever, explores this question and still doesn’t come down clearly on one side or the other, which I guess just shows that I think this is a really interesting, challenging question.

In First There Was Forever, Lima has to make a choice between her best friend from childhood, Hailey, and the boy that they both like, Nate Reed. I think one of the biggest challenges for Lima, and something that leads to her bad behavior, is that she really, really, really doesn’t want to choose. And I really sympathize with her about that! She never stops loving Hailey. If she did, the choice would be simple. Also, Lima and Nate connect on a friendship level as well as a sexual level, and I think that makes the romance between them deeper. I think romantic love is more intense when there is an element of friendship in it!

Looking back at my own high school years, I thought what I wanted was love, but now I can see that my friendships were way more important than my experiences with guys. It was my friendships with other girls that persisted and that shaped me as a person. It was with my friends that I learned my emotional boundaries, how to really love someone, and how to express frustration or hurt! And also, we spent SO MUCH time talking about what sex would be like, that in some ways, I think it was also with my friends that I really learned about sex.

Also, I’m a romantic. I don’t believe we choose who we fall in love with or when. Desire points us towards people and we don’t always know why. If we could choose who to love, we would only choose people who were appropriate matches and really good for us and, and who were guaranteed to love us back the exact amount that we love them. And that’s not at all how it works in reality.

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy wrote, “if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” I think ultimately, that’s the truest thing I can say on this topic! There are a million kinds of love and a million kinds of friendship, and a million ways in which they overlap. True love is true love – whether it’s platonic or romantic doesn’t have to matter!


About Juliana Romano

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Juliana was born in 1982 in New York, New York and grew up in Santa Monica, California. She received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 2004 and an M.F.A. in Painting from U.C.L.A. in 2008. In 2009, Juliana began writing fiction in addition to painting. Her first Young Adult novel, “First There Was Forever” (Dial Books/Penguin) released on April 14 2015. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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The Giveaway

I am offering up for giveaway…

A hardcover copy of FIRST THERE WAS FOREVER to ONE winner

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • There will be ONE winner
  • Giveaway is open to anywhere The Book Depository ships
  • Giveaway ends on May 10th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Random via Rafflecopter
  • Winner will be announced in the Rafflecopter and contacted by email
  • Winner has 72 hours to respond with their details or another winner will be chosen

Enter in the Rafflecopter below…

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A Few Stops on the Tour

April 15th – The Irish Banana – Guest Post

April 16th – Once Upon a Twilight – Interview + Review

April 21st – Dreams, etc. – Review

April 27th – Rather Be Reading – Interview

April 29th – Effortlessly Reading – Interview


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