Guilty Pleasure | Discussion

So, let’s be honest.

Almost everyone has a gender they read but rarely talk about it, or you talk about it but with selected people, people you know won’t judge you for what you really like.

You’re probably thinking, why would I hide what I read? Actually, I don’t hide it, is just that I don’t talk about it openly, but if you have the time you can always check my Goodreads’ read shelf.

That gender for me is Romance, but not any kind of romance I’m talking about Sports Romance, those books with the hot shirtless guy on the cover sometimes accompanied by a smoking hot girl, where he is a professional hockey/football/rugby/baseball player.

These steamy novels kept me reading until late at night, they are more about character development and common people falling in love and/or overcoming a tragic event. And maybe you’ve seen some of these books out there but never really picked one up. Well let’s not judge it by its cover, they might surprise you if you give it a try.

Recently I’ve been catching up with a series I haven’t read in almost two years and that is:

ASSASSINS by TONI ALEO

There are way too many books in this unputdownable series, obviously, I’ve enjoyed some of them more than others, being my favourites Taking Shots, Blue Lines, Breaking Away and Overtime.

    

Right now I’m reading book number eight, it is quite a different read and style from the first book in this series, you can clearly see how much the author has improved in six years, how her characters have developed with each book and how every story has intertwined with the others turning it into a fantastic big family joined by their love for hockey.

RUSHING THE GOAL by TONI ALEO

These are the kind of books that take me out of any reading slump, and it’s been weeks since a picked up one of faves fantasy or YA books. That doesn’t mean there is something wrong if you only read this kind of books, you’re free to do as you please but for me is more like a gateway, something I only do from time to time because sometimes I have had enough of high fantasy or historical fiction.

 

Best Quotes, two very different books

 

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I thought it would be fun to share a few quotes of my most recent reads.

Right now, I’m struggling at reading a book written in Spanish “La Cancion Secreta del Mundo”, in English “The Secret Song of the World”. It is not as any book I’ve read before and I’ve read a lot of urban fantasy novels, but this YA standalone is certainly blowing my mind.

After that rambling, let’s just go and share some beautiful and shocking quotes today.

“On our wedding night,” she said, “I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.”

It’s by far one of the most original and compelling stories I’ve read in all 2k17. Right now it is in place number two in my Top 10 Reads of 2017. Don’t miss out the opportunity to read more about a different type of YA.

“Love is a wordless secret; it’s an inside joke. Only the two of you have to understand it.”

I’m still not sure what is the rating I’m going to give to this new novel, I’ve so many mixed feelings. In one hand, I hate love-at-first-sight novels but on the other hand, Renee knows how to write a good romance and with such hard topic I was crying and frustrated through all the reading.

 

I’ll share with you more quotes in the next weeks, I’ve read so many good books this year and for many genders, I’ve never thought I’d read before. It certainly has been a very diverse year in my reading life.

SOMETHING EXCITING!

It’s been a long time since I came around, it’s been a long time back I’m back in town.

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After that Gaga-ish introduction, I have some pretty big news to share with you guys. Well, they aren’t really big, but I’m excited to share them with you.

Have you ever had that feeling, that you need to do something because it has to be done today, for no good reason just that little voice in your head that keeps telling you to just do it?

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Well, I woke up today with that feeling, that I needed to write something for this blog, I haven’t posted a video in a month, I have a Spanish booktube channel in case you didn’t know, I haven’t written anything in English or Spanish in weeks. Today I just have to do it and guess what?

TODAY IS OUR ANNIVERSARY!

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It feels like a HUGE achievement, even with all the ups and downs this blog is still alive, kind of. I know I suck at blogging, I have done nothing of it in months but I’m still here in case you missed me.

I will not promise anything, I don’t want to let you all down. But I’m promising this to myself.

I will write again, and not only on this blog but in my journal because I want to write, but first I need to organize my life, that’s the reason I bought a bullet journal, it’s not perfect or fancy as all the photos on Pinterest but it’s mine.

Thank you so much for reading me this far, this post is about nothing in particular but just my excitement.

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POP SUGAR READING CHALLENGE HALF-YEAR UPDATE

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So, it’s been awhile.

The popsugar page hasn’t been updated in weeks but before I tell you which categories I’ve completed let me share with you how I’m doing this challenge so far.

How I read?

I don’t tend to find a book for each category, because my reading queue has no order, sometimes a book can jump right to the first place and it becomes my priority or in other cases I stop reading a book half way through it and not pick it back up until weeks later if ever.

So what I do is, for every book I read, I try to find a category that describes the best said book.

It works for me, so I’ll keep doing it.

POP SUGAR READING CHALLENGE

A book recommended by a librarian
Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
(Contemporary) 4stars
A sweet story about a orphan girl searching for a place to call home.

A book that’s been on your TBR for way too long
The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
(Paranormal Romance) 3.5stars
The second and finally time I read it, I loved it.

A Audiobook
Crooked Kingdome by Leigh Bardugo (Fantasy YA) 5 stars
This book is narrated by more than six narrators. It is AMAZING.

A book by a person of color
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
(Contemporary Romance) 5stars
The author is indian, a beautiful brown girl.

A book with one of the four seasons on the title
Devil in Spring by Lisa Kleypas
(Historical Romance) 5stars
My queen of HR finally wrote a book about the son of her best character.

A book by an author who uses a pseudonym
I don’t by Ella Fox
(Contemporary Romance) 2stars
A good name but not her real one.

A bestseller from a gender you don’t normally read
milk and honey by rupi kaur
(poetry) 5stars
I loved this short and overwhelming book.

A book by or about a person who has a disability
Things I Should Have Known by Clarie LaZebnik
(Contemporary Romance) 4stars
Ivy is autistic and never been kissed.

A book that is published in 2017
Lucian Divine by Renee Carlino (Paranormal Romance)  4.5 stars
Published January 9th 2017

A book involving a mythical creature
A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
(Fantasy NA) 4stars
Faeries are mythicals, aren’t they?

A book you have read before but never fails to make you smile
Nobody’s Baby But Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips
 (Contemporary Romance) 4.3 stars
Jane and Cal. Just thinking about them makes me immensely happy.

A book with a red spine
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (Contemporary YA) 5stars
This book is about the Black Lives Matter movement

A book you loved as a child
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (Children’s book) 5stars
A little boy leaves the safety of his home to travel the universe.

A book by an author from a country you’ve never visited
Always and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han
(Contemporary Romance) 4stars
Whether the author is american or korean I know none of those countries.

A book where the main character is a different ethnicity than you
Spindle by E. K. Jonhston
(Fantasy) 3.5stars
It might be fantasy but its setting is Middle East

A book about a interesting woman
Marry Me Tomorrow by Carla Burgess (Contemporary Romance) 3.5 stars
Emily is a sweet redhead woman a bit crazy.

The first book in a series you haven’t read before
Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh
(Fantasy) 3.5stars
So many shape-shifters in this series.

ADVANCE PART

A bestseller from 2016 (re-read)
A Court of Mist And Fury by Sarah J. Maas (Fantasy) +5stars
ALL THE FEELINGS.

A book about a inmigrant or a refugee
Citi of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson (Thriller) 3.5stars

The setting of this book is Kenya. What an amazing read.

A book with a eccentric character
Lord of Shadows by Cassandra Clare (Urban Fantasy) 5stars
Leave it to Clare to create the most eccentric characters aka Magnus

So many good books in this list.

Now that I have a clearer picture of all the prompts I need to read in the last half of the year, I would do a little research to find the best options for me.