Let’s Talk Bookish // Content Warnings for Books

If you’ve been quite involved in the online bookish community for a while, especial book twitter, you would at least know about the talk around content warnings.

For the last year or so, I’ve seen a rise in the mentioning of content warnings for books. Be it in book reviews, synopses, or just tweets talking about the books. Content warnings are being increasingly included.

In all honesty, I was confused about the whole debate in the beginning. Why was it something that needed to be said? Isn’t it easier to inherently better to specify content warnings so that readers will know what they’re getting themselves into? Personally, I need to be in the right head-space to read about heavy topics.

I was even more confused when people were advocating AGAINST content warnings. The main reasoning was that it would giveaway some of the content, and be somewhat of a spoiler. That the “experience” of the plot will be ruined. And I guess, to some extent, I can agree. But what if the topic can seriously trigger a reader, and emotionally harm them? Isn’t that an even worse experience? How is it justifiable to choose not spoil a part of the book in return for potentially harming the well-being of the reader?

Not sure about you, but I was shocked by the debate and just how strongly many opposed content warnings. I wasn’t vocal about it online, but I did appreciate and retweet everyone who spoke for content warnings.

But I am glad to have seen the talk online, because it made me realize that while I appreciated content and trigger warnings, I wasn’t including them myself. You cannot believe just how ashamed I was for not mentioning it in my reviews specifically. I would mention them in sentences in my reviews normally, but I wouldn’t highlight them so they’re not missed.

After realizing, I started putting in content warnings for books. While I haven’t made time to update all of my previous reviews with warnings, I make sure to add them when writing new reviews. I admit, I don’t know just about everything which requires content warnings. There seems to be varying degrees of seriousness to content warnings online. Some people put up warnings for a lot of things, while others put a highlight on heavy topics only.

So, I started going with my gut. Whatever I felt like needs content warnings, I put it in. But I’m glad that I consciously realize and put in content warnings for things. And every time I come across content warnings by others, I am appreciative. Even though I’m okay with reading just about every thing, I’d rather know what I’m walking into and if I’m in the right head-space for it.

I’m disappointed that while reviewers and bloggers have begun mentioning content warnings, authors and publishers RARELY do it. It’s saddening to see that, in the marketing perspective, they’d rather everyone pick up the book and don’t bother to consider the readers’ well-being.

The only genre where I’ve seen content warnings mentioned officially is romance. There are tons of romance authors out there who specifically mention content warnings, and I’ve seen it highlighted in Goodreads pages. Once I realized that not everyone does it, I’ve become grateful of the authors and officials who took the time to consider and and put in those warnings.

Seeing it from the other perspective, yes, some readers may choose not to pick up the book after seeing the content warnings. In fact, after I strongly mentioned the trigger warnings in my review of Long Shot, there were multiple comments saying that they will make sure to not pick it up because they can’t handle it. But that’s also a GOOD thing. From the marketing perspective, if those readers read the book and had a bad experience, they would rate and review it negatively.

In fact, I’ve seen several negative reviews of books which are solely because there were no content warnings, which lead the readers to have a bad experience. And that, in turn, hurts sales and warns others from picking up the book.

It can also work the other way, though. For example, when I read Kat’s review of Long Shot, I didn’t pick it up immediately. I waited until I was sure that I’m in the right head-space for it, and would be able to deal with the emotions the book would give me, before picking it up. And I was able to enjoy the book more knowing what will be thrown at me. I’m sure that if there were no warnings, my experience wouldn’t have been the same.

In conclusion, I’m totally for content and trigger warnings to mentioned whenever a book is reviewed/recommended. They make a huge impact in the reader’s perception of the book, before and while reading the book. And no matter what, people’s mental health is much more important. Everyone should be more considerate of the effects some topics could have on other readers.

Several readers find solace in books. Myself included. We read to get away from reality to a different world. One with adventure, an interesting life, and possibly happy endings. Content warnings help with choosing which books to read according to what the reader can handle.

The reason I got into romance in the first place was because almost all of them have happy endings, and I could really use the hope. But going in for a happy ending, and coming across heavy topics, would totally ruin my reading experience.

Books I’ve enjoyed after reading the content warnings:


This post was written in response to this week’s Let’s Talk Bookish prompt, a weekly bookish meme hosted by Rukky @ Eternity Books.


What are your thoughts on content warnings? Not just for books, but other content as well?

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WWW Wednesday // 2 October 2019

Happy October y’all!

New month, new fall/autumn vibes for most people around the globe while I’ll be having rainy (and gloomy) vibes, and new experiences to have.

I’ve been eyeing WWW Wednesday blogging meme for a while now, but since I usually update my reading on my Sunday Post, I don’t do it. This week, though, I didn’t update on Sunday because I had too many life things to talk about. And hence, I got the perfect time to do this post!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly blogging meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words.

The Three Ws are:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading?

There’s only one book in my currently reading pile, surprisingly, because life has been getting in the way with a LOT of events and deadlines. I’m barely keeping up at this point.

That Girl From Nowhere by Dorothy Koomson is a book that I picked up in a book fair back in February. Many books from that haul are sitting unread on my shelf and I decided that I’m finishing them by the end of the year. And so, I started with this one.

That Girl From Nowhere is a mystery novel, so I’m quite excited to read it because I haven’t read mystery in SO LONG.

Synopsis from Goodreads:

‘Where are you coming from with that accent of yours?’ he asks.
‘Nowhere,’ I reply. ‘I’m from nowhere.’
‘Everyone’s from somewhere,’ he says.
‘Not me,’ I reply silently.

Clemency Smittson was adopted as a baby and the only connection she has to her birth mother is a cardboard box hand-decorated with butterflies. Now an adult, Clem decides to make a drastic life change and move to Brighton, where she was born. Clem has no idea that while there she’ll meet someone who knows all about her butterfly box and what happened to her birth parents.

As the tangled truths about her adoption and childhood start to unravel, a series of shocking events cause Clem to reassess whether the price of having contact with her birth family could be too high to pay…

An emotional story about love, identity and the meaning of family, That Girl From Nowehere is the new novel from the bestselling author of The Ice Cream GirlsThe Woman He Loved Before and My Best Friend’s Girl.


What did you recently finish reading?

Last week saw me finish 3 books.

Hyde & Seek by Layla Frost. I was in the mood for mindless romance so I just picked this one up. It wasn’t great, and I got really annoyed by the male lead multiple times. It was also pretty cliche. The one thing I liked was the friendship squad. They were all really close and supportive and I liked the interactions between them all.

Muffin Top by Avery Flynn. This trilogy by the author focuses on female leads who are not considered conventionally attractive. Muffin Top features a female lead, Lucy, who is “fat” and could care less about it. The male lead, Frankie, goes along with Lucy to her high school reunion as her fake date. Sparks fly as these two truly get to know each other.

I was quite underwhelmed by Muffin Top. I was totally on board with the fat-shaming focus and how it’s hard for curvy women to be considered attractive. I was mostly on-board with the romance. But there was just some aspect missing. I wasn’t in love with the plot or characters, and once I finished the book, I could care less about it.

Educated by Tara Westover. This was the one book from last week which was GOOD. I’ve been reading this book from July, but I was crawling through it because the pace was very slow until 3/4ths of the book. Last week, I was determined to finish it and hence I quickly finished the book. And it made so much of an impact on me.

Educated was a heard read for me. It became harder every time i remembered that it’s a memoir, and everything here is TRUE. And then I would admire the author because she has been through SO MUCH—physically, mentally, and emotionally—and she has managed to find her true self even though there was so much holding her back.

The one thing I can say with certainty is: this book is worth it. This book is worth powering through the slow parts and sticking through the hard parts, even when they were too gruesome and detailed. Knowing Tara Westover’s journey is worth it.


What do you think you will read next?

Probably Rebel by Marie Lu, which released yesterday. I’ve been WAITING for this book, and I have already reread the first three books in preparation to directly dive into Rebel.

After that, I might read Five Dark Fates by Kandare Blake. This is also a new release, and it’s the fourth book in the Three Dark Crowns series. I can’t wait to finish this series lol. Ever since they extended it from two books to four, and the author is hastily dragging on the story, I’m not very interested in it. I just want to know the ending at this point.


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10 books I can’t believe I didn’t DNF

I must have a lot of patience. I used to never DNF (Did Not Finish) a book but after finding the book community online, there are simply too many books to read that I don’t have time to finish a book I don’t like.

Nowadays, I DNF pretty liberally but there are still some books I’v finished all the way and, looking back, can’t believe I stuck through them.

Top Ten Tuesday is a book blogging meme hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl. It’s been a while since I’ve done a TTT post but it’s exactly the thing that’ll help me get out of my blogging slump. This week’s TTT topic is Books I Decided to DNF (did not finish) too Quickly (are you questioning your DNF choices on any books? If you have a policy to not DNF, put a spin on the topic to make it fit you.

I put a spin and decided to brag about my patience levels.

Here are 10 books that I can’t believe I did not DNF:

[1] Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

This is a recent read and I’ve heard a LOT about this book, all of it praise. So you can imagine how disappointed I was when I did not AT ALL like the character, the plot was so-so and I didn’t like it overall. It had a little bit of redeemable plot in the end but it’s not enough.

Click here to read my complete review.

[2] Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman

This is SO DAMN HYPED. I had it on my TBR but I finally picked it up because this bookstagrammer I follow is obsessed with the book and movie. She had watched the movie 17 times, read the book multiple times, all within a small while of watching the movie for the first time.

I wanted to see why it’s so good that she loves it so much. Even though I didn’t like the book, I stuck through because I thought there might be something in the end that makes it worthwhile.

There wasn’t. I regret it.

Click here to read my review.

[3] Hush Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

Okay so the first time I read the series, I LOVED IT. I recommended it to two of my friends IRL, who loved it also. That was years.

Recently, when I felt like rereading an old book, I picked it up.

Y’ALL. I HATED IT.

One of my friends even has my name saved in her phone “Vee Sky” after the main character’s best friend in the book. And both of us hated it when we reread it.

I abandoned it in the first book itself but she pushed through until the second book before giving up. So yeah, considering how bad the book is, I really cannot believe I finished it, rather loved it.

[4] The Summer I turned pretty by Jenny Han

I read To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by the author and really liked it! So I decided to pick up The Summer I Turned Pretty, which is also quite popular, and I got really irritated by it.

The girl suddenly turns pretty and a love triangle happens, with two brothers. She, herself, is confused about who she likes.

Honestly, I hated her. She was boring, confused, useless and frustrating.

[5] I See London, I See France by Sarah Mlynowski

I went into my Goodreads TBR and decided to lessen it by reading some. I picked this one because I really liked the idea of a touristy book.

First of all, I’d like an explanation from anyone who considers this book as Young Adult. It’s clearly New Adult. It talks about sex, drugs and more.

Other than that, the main character was (excuse the language) bloody irritating. She and her best friend got me SO FRUSTRATED, it’s not funny. I guess it was supposed to show something like friendship arc but nope. It was just annoying because both of them were not nice*.

*I had to hold myself back so much from calling them names here.

Click here to read my review.

[6] Poison Princess by Kresley Cole

A lot of people like this book, and that’s fine! I’m sorry but I pretty much hated it.

It’s set in an apocalypse and there’s some magic and stuff. But through the book, despite anything else that happens, the focus kept coming back to Evie and Jackson’s stupid stupid romance.

Right after I finished the book, I was disbelieving then itself that I managed to sit through it. I thought I might read the second book because I’ve heard it’s better but now I don’t think so. There are far too many other books to read.

Click here to read my complete review.

[7] The Immortals series by Alyson Noel

Looking back, there wasn’t much story. There were just a bunch of vampires and, I guess, reincarnation stuff. But it wasn’t nice enough to remember anything about.

Now get this: despite me feeling only “meh” about the story, I sat through SIX BOOKS. Yes, you read that right. I have no idea what I was thinking, so don’t ask me.

[8] Windwitch by Susan Dennard

Being a stupid girl, I ordered both Truthwitch and Windwitch by Susan Dennard because a blogger I follow raved about it. I should have checked out more reviews but I impulsively bought it, especially after seeing that it’s price was a lower than I expected.

Guess what? I hated Truthwitch but I sat through Windwitch as well because I paid for those books and I might as well get something out of it.

Click here to read my review of Truthwitch.

Click here to read my review of Windwitch.

[9] Fallen series by Lauren Kate

Guys! I don’t know what I was thinking reading this series to completion.

I was into books about Angels and Angel-bloods so I read this and I didn’t like it. I rated the first 4 books (which were all that were there then) 2 stars each. TWO. And I still continued the series??

Recently, I decided to watch the movie based on the first book. I expected it to be bad, but it was worse. Probably because I’ve read much better books since Fallen and if I had read it now, I would rate it -1 stars instead of 2.

Click here to read my (very salty) review of the movie Fallen.

[10] Obsessed by R.J. Lewis

I completely forgot I read this book. I completely it exists as well. I found it when I was going through my Goodreads and I just remembered how much I hated that book.

I managed to keep the snark and salt out of my review, probably because I cared about how my review to y’all and I didn’t know that salty reviews are not hated on in the community. But yeah, I quite hated it.

I just could NOT get past the fact that they were legally siblings. And they actually did stuff in their house! I just.. no.

Click here to read my review.


And that’s it for today!

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Top ten book worlds I want to runaway to

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This world sucks. None of us like it. And that’s most probably the reason why we love reading books—it takes us to a different world, which might not be perfect, but is still one we want to be in instead.

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the lovelies over at The Broke and The Bookish, is Top ten bookish settings I’d love to visit.

I don’t want to just visit, I want to live there.*

*This line reminds me of The Space Between Us movie in which there’s a line: “In twenty hours, the Magellent61 (?) will travel 6 astronauts to Mars—not to visit but to LIVE there”. If you’re a romantic, you HAVE to watch this movie.

[1] The world of Warcross

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This world is FAR FAR away from perfect, but I LOVE the idea of such technology and gaming. Wow. And I won’t deny it, if I was there I would be totally into Warcross as well. I know that our world will someday be that developed but I probably won’t be alive and kicking then, and I REALLY want to experience it all.

[2] The world of The Shadow of The Wind

There’s this place called The Cemetery of Books in Barcelona which is a HUGE underground crypt/library. It’s where all the books that don’t exist outside live, basically dead books, hence called “Cemetery of books”. Many librarians and curators bring books there for safe-keeping. It has never-ending rows of stacks with thousands and thousands of books.

When someone comes to the Cemetery for the first time, a book chooses them. It’s like wands in Harry Potter—the book chooses the reader. And you can take it outside and read, and it’s your responsibility to take care of it because that’s the only copy still existing.

If I ever got in, I WOULD NEVER LEAVE. There’s always a “caretaker” who lives in and looks over the library. I will take up that role with tears in my eyes and spend my life in there. Sun? Who needs sun when there are books inside.

[3] The world of TMI

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I want to be Nephilim. Or a warlock or a faerie, I don’t really care what species. I WANT TO LIVE THERE. That fantasy world is where I imagine myself when I think of another place. A world with angels and angel-bloods, where there so many races and there’s immortality. I probably wouldn’t last a week as a Shadowhunter, I get that. But I would take anything. I would give anything just to see Idris for one day.

[4] The world of ADSOM

Wow The Shades of Magic series was brilliant. It didn’t make me cry, but it’s up there with all the books that made me cry WITHOUT making me cry. It’s THAT. GOOD. And the worlds. Red London is where I want to live. It’s fine if I’m one of those without magic, but I would love to see the contests and just be surrounded by magic.

[5] The world of Heroes of Olympus

And I say Heroes of Olympus, not Percy Jackson and the Olympians, because the Roman demigods are there in the former. In middle school, when I inhaled all the books as fast as I could, I wanted to be a demi God so bad. The friendships, bonding and family-feel of the the Greek camp was GOALS. I never had those friendships I read about, and I thought I had to get myself into such a camp for that.

Later, when I read about the Roman camp, I loved it as well. The two camps are very different—the Greek more casual than the Roman, but there are families in the Roman camp. And all I wanted was to fall in love and have a great life. Mostly great friendships and adventures, though.

[6] The world of Harry Potter

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I mean, this HAD to come. I watched the first Harry Potter movie only a few days back, and still thought that my letter just got lost somewhere. There just wasn’t enough effort put into finding me like Harry because he’s The Chosen One and I’m not.

Yes I’m 18 and I still dream, but LET ME LIVE, OKAY?

[7] The world of Tower of Dawn

Why Tower of Dawn and not the entire Throne of Glass? Because I don’t like Erilea. I don’t like any of the kingdoms in Erilea, including Terrasen or what it used to be.

But I DO love Antica, which was the setting in Tower of Dawn. We were taken to the southern continent, and there wasn’t much magic but they were surrounded by it, and the kingdom was thriving. It was dream goals. I would give up all my books to live in Antica, any day. Not kidding.

[8] The world of ACOMAF

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As much as I want to be part of The Night Court, I know that my personality is more of The Winter Court. And you know what? I don’t care whatever Court (probably not Spring or Dawn though) I want to be in that world. I want to be in Prythian, and I would LOVE to live in Velaris. It sounds so dreamy and perfect. Velaris is exactly the type of city I want to live in. Thriving with it’s own artists’ corner, a river and good rulers. That’s the dream.

[9] The world of Girl Online

Despite the rumours around this book and it’s author, I did quite enjoy the book and I want to go to Brighton. Not only because of the book’s setting, but also because the author Zoella lives in Brighton with her boyfriend, and I frequently watched their vlogs for over a year. I fell in love with Brighton. It’s the right mix of country-side, beach town and city. I. WANT. TO. LIVE. THERE.

Maybe someday when I have saved enough to spend in Pounds (the currency exchange makes me want to cry), I’ll move there. Or maybe just visit because it’s unlikely my parents will move with me and I don’t want to leave them and go abroad.

[10] The world of Unearthly

There was this time, right around when I found TMI, when I was obsessed with angels. Any books I found with angels in it, I was reading it. Unearthly is one of them.

The angel-blood history and concepts are different from any other book I’ve read centered on angels, and to this day I want to believe that I’m a Triplare and I just don’t know it yet because being one is dangerous. TO THIS DAY.

Yes I’m 18 and I’m still fanciful but DO YOU BLAME ME.


 

What book/movie/TV show worlds do you want to runaway to? Are there any you’re just DYING to live in? Where do you picture yourself if you were given a choice to go anywhere? Comment links to your TTTs as well so I can see them!

Top Ten unique book character names

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One of the things that makes me like a book are the characters’ names. I would be so much more appealed to unique names like Scarecrow* or something than Holly, Molly, Jolly or Kelly. To be honest, I don’t find many of guys names boring? But yeah, unique names definitely capture attention.

*Not a good example but that WOULD honestly make me so interested

This week’s topic for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and The Bookish is Top Ten unique book titles but I automatically thought of character names? Like, my brain doesn’t listen to me?? So I’m going to give myself a little bit of libertyTM and head on with the names.

[1] Lazlo Strange

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I read the word unique and Strange popped into my head. No wonder, too, considering the man himself is pretty unique.* His name was just the tip of the iceberg though. The world building of Strange the Dreamer was just brilliant and left me dreaming in speechlessness**.

*Hint: I LOVE HIM TO PIECES

**is it just me or does this word seem too big out of nowhere? Like, I didn’t think speechlessness was that big?

[2] Celaena Sardothien/Aelin Ashryver Galathynius

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I mean.. come on. It looks like Sarah J Maas took random letters and put them together. I know at least two people who still struggle with the names. And it’s been, what, five years?

Also, can I just say how glad I am that the series will be ending next year? IT’S BEEN TOO LONG, MATE. I’ve been following the series since the year Heir of Fire released (that was when I noticed the hype and picked up the book) and it feels like I’ve been waiting forever.

This sort of reminds me of House of Night series? It was the only other series for which I waited years and years. I legit kept up with the series for SIX YEARS*. And it has twelve books so I PITY those who waited the whole time.

*No even I don’t know why I spent so much time on that series don’t ask me

[3] Feyre Archereon

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Another SJ Maas book. Another name. This seems smol and easy, you say? WELL THEN, PRONOUNCE IT.

Till date I’m unsure of how to pronounce it exactly. Only a couple weeks back was I discussing with a friend on how to pronounce the name and we had a five minute talk over it. Five.

Even though a pronounciation guide has been given on the author’s website, readers still pronounce the name as they wish. I really hope there isn’t a TV show or movie* on the books because it would confuse the heck out of everyone.

*ALSO BECAUSE NO ONE WILL EVER DO RHYSAND JUSTICE AND I DON’T WANT HIS IMAGE IN MY MIND TO BE BOTCHED THANKS

[4] Patch Cipriano

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I’m including him purely out of humour. It IS unique. Have you read another book where a character was named Patch? It sounds like a common name but I realised only recently, when I reread Hush Hush, that it isn’t.

Also, I don’t know why I ever loved the series? I clearly remember myself being OBSESSED over it and recommending it to my friends, but I tried to reread the first book and I could NOT get through it. Cringe. Overload.

I also tried to binge Teen Wolf recently and cringed almost the entirety of the first episode so maybe my tastes were just that bad before? Because I watched Teen Wolf till season 3! I liked it! But now I can’t even get through episode 1?

[5] Daenerys Targaryen

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I feel like Sarah J Maas took inspiration from George R. R. Martin. It feels like even he took random letters and rearranged it so that it could be pronounced with a little work.

I mean, what even is this name? Don’t get me wrong, I really like it. But HOW did he even come up with it??

She’s probably the only reason I even watched till season 5 of Game of Thrones*. Although everyone’s telling me to watch season 7 because it is BOMB, we’ll see. We’ll see.

*I read book 1 and gave up lol

[6] Blue Sargent

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First of all, blue is my favourite colour.

Now that that has been acknowledged, I would OBVIOUSLY be interested in a character named Blue. Not to undermine The Raven Cycle, though. The series is amazing.

But then, I WOULD be interested in characters named Orange, Yellow, Pink as well. Especially Black. Someone write a book with a main character called Black. He/she would have so much swag. I would love the heck out of it.

“And what might be your name?”

“Black. My parents named me after the colour of my soul. And my coffee preference.”

[7] Karou

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There are so many reasons why Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy is really good. One, it’s written by Laini Taylor so, OBVIOUSLY? She also wrote Strange the Dreamer later?

One of the reasons why I love this book is because it’s set in Prague. I learnt from the book that Karou* actually means hope.

*I’m also not able to find Karou’s last name? Does she not have one? My memory sucks.

[8] Lada Dragwyla

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Her name is TOTALLY AWESOME because it sounds like dragon. #bookwormopinions

I haven’t read And I Darken* but I really want to because the character HAS to be totally awesome as well, having such a name, right?

*It’s buried somewhere in my TBR mountain

[9] Adelina Amouteru

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To be honest, though, many names in this book are really nice. Adelina Amouteru, Teren Santoro, Enzo Valenciano* etc.

But what I ESPECIALLY loved was the name of the kingdom—Kenettra. Don’t ask me why. I just do,

*His name rhymes lol. Yes I’m a five year old.

[10] Ever Bloom

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The last name is one I really want to mock? I mean, out of everything, why would you name your kid* Ever Bloom?? I could totally picture her getting bullied in school for her name.

It’s like naming your kid Summer Winter. OH WAIT. I actually have read a book where the main character’s name was Summer Winter! It was some romance book that didn’t make much of an impression on me**, but I cracked up when I read her name.

I also didn’t like The Immortals very much. Okay I hated it. So perhaps it increases my inclination to rant about the MC.

*word interchangeable with book baby because obviously the characters of your book are your babies.

**Hence why I am not able to recall it now. It’s been about a couple years since I read that book, I believe?

 

What are some unique book character names you have come across? If you know of any good book with unique character names, do let me know in the comments! I’ll add it to my TBR mountain and probably get to it in another… fifty-four years? If you have done this week’s TTT as well, drop your link in the comments! I’d love to check it out.

10 books with best-friends-to-lovers themes

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Hey all!

The Broke and The Bookish are finally back from hiatus!

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The topic for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday is 10 book recommendations for ______ (our choice). Now, English is a hard language. (Says the person who knows English better than her mother tongue) I wanted to recommend books to readers looking for books with best-friends-to-lovers storylines. I did not know (and was too lazy to figure out) how to phrase that to match the topic exactly. 😅

Anyway! For the past few months, I’ve been on a romance-reading streak. If I had to pick one storyline theme which would almost always hook me in, it would be best-friends-to-lovers. Therefore, here I am to share a few of my favourites with the theme.

 

[1] Searching for Beautiful by Jennifer Probst

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I cannot say HOW MUCH I adored this book! This was my first book by the author, and after this I read the rest of the series by her as well. And as I expected, I pretty much loved them too. (Reviews coming soon)

Gen and Wolfe’s relationship progress/growth was so beautiful to see. Also I really liked Wolfe. He’s such a sweetheart!

You can read my detailed review here.

 

[2] Getting Lucky Number Seven by Cindi Madsen

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Lila Wilder is a shy nerd and she’s done being that. She wants to be sexy and desired for a change. She recruits her playboy best friend Beck to help her since he’s her best bet on getting the transformation right. But as she starts to show off and change, Beck falls for her. She’s still the same in personality, though, so that’s good.

 

[3] Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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Firstly, when I read the book (more than 5 years back) it was called Where Rainbows End. Years later when the movie came out, it was named Love, Rosie and they changed the book’s name as well??? Um hello, I AM NOT AMUSED. I hate when book covers are changed when movies are made. And I hate it even more when they change the book’s NAME itself. The movie wasn’t nice enough, anyway. #thebookisbetter

Onto the story. This was my first book by the author and I ADORED it.

The story is narrated through notes, letters, postcards and online chats. The writing format isn’t the usual, and I LOVED it. We’re taken over 40 years through these, starting with notes passed in class and birthday invites. I really liked reading their relationship growing through written correspondence.

 

[4] Sincerely, Carter by Whitney G.

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I liked the relationship between  Arizona and Carter while they were platonic. I liked the chemistry between them after they moved out of the platonic category. But the transition was VERY sudden. That’s one tiny thing which put me off. One minute they were just best friends and the next minute—BOOM—sexual attraction. Um, okay?

I liked Arizona the most. I loved her character, how she got a degree before understanding what she actually wants to do in life (be a cook). She actually snuck into lessons at an academy as she couldn’t afford them! #yasgirl

 

[5] The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise

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This was such a cute YA book! I LOVED the MC and how badass she was. She’s also a coding geek, so I obviously loved that. Except she’s WAY more into coding (and is a genius) than I am. #myinspiration

I do plan on writing a whole review soon, so look out for that.

Her romance with a fellow geek was SO ADORABLE. There was the usual teen awkwardness, doubt and angst, but I loved that she went for the best friend instead of the hot guy like the norm (not that she ever even considered the hot guy).

 

[6] Leo by Mia Sheridan

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Evie and Leo met in foster care when they were kids and through the flashbacks, we see how their relationship went from friends to more than. I adored the flashbacks and young Leo. ❤

And another thing I liked about this book was Evie. She worked two small jobs for a living and she does it unapologetically, seeing no shame. She’s fine as long as she’s happy and I love that.

 

[7] Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

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Taylor and Jamie are best friends, and both of them want to be more but are afraid of ruining the relationship they have by confessing to the other. THEY ARE SO ADORABLE. I loved seeing them finally confess and get together.

 

[8] Swear on this life by Renee Carlino

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First of all, a brilliant story.

We start with Emiline reading a well praised book by a J. Colby. The shock? It’s her own story. The characters are EXACTLY like her and her childhood best friend Jase. She then goes to find the author, who is, obviously, Jase.

Click here to read my review.

 

[9] The Gravity Between Us by Kristen Zimmer

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This story is about movie star Kendall and her best friend Payton. (Hello diverse read)

I absolutely adored reading this story, especially since it was my first lesbian romance read. The transition from best friends to lovers was as awkward and beautiful as I expected, and I really liked it.

 

[10] Here’s to Falling by Christine Zolendz

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This heartbreaking story is about Charlie and Jase. We see their tragic childhoods, where only they were the good parts of life, then the falling out and meet years later. Honestly, I couldn’t write a proper review when I read it and still can’t. (I also really want to reread this book now.)

 


Aand that’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday!

Do you like best-friends-to-lovers themed books? Which are your favorite? Have you read any of the ones I’ve mentioned? Also, if you’ve published a Top Ten Tuesday do comment the link so I can check it out!