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Asking Bookstagram: Favourite Romances

Hi there bookish friends!

I am back with another “asking bookstagram” post! Last month I did one and it was actually quite successful and people loved the idea so I want to keep this going as a monthly thing!

I just love to be able to mix the platforms. I love bookstagram so much and I also love writing this blog so this is the perfect way to mix the things I like! Also, I love to hear everyone’s thoughts on things!

This time I asked all my followers on Instagram……..

What is your favourite romance/ contemporary romance and why?

I figured I would start off by naming my top 3 fav books in these categories!

  • Don’t You Forget About Me by Mhairi McFarlane
  • Josh and Hazels Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren
  • The Little Bookshop of Love Stories by Jaimie Admans

Responses from my lovely bookstagram peeps:

@krisnovels

“The Simple Wild and The Hating Game. I love a good enemies to lovers romance 😁”


@sand_between_pages

“The Friend Zone. Funny, sexy, deep!”


@tales_of_a_bookbug

“The Hating Game by Sally Thorne! It’s one of the best enemies to lovers romance books with amazing writing!”


@pagescapes

“At the moment I just finished 100 Days of Sunlight and I AM OBSESSED.”


@jk.booklover

“I’m going to say London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton, as I could relate to the MC so much it was a bit deja vu”


@bookstorevibe

“The Unhoneymooners because it’s super entertaining and I love the main characters. I also really loved The Bromance Book Club! Super original and hilarious!”


@sammycataspires

“My recent favorite us lie to me by Natasha Preston because it’s so genuine. It’s funny. It’s clever. And witty. But it’s also deep, sincere, and rational. It’s mysterious and suspenseful. It’s sexy and steamy. It has everything I could ever want in a romance and it was so hard to keep away from. I was buddy reading it. Couple chapters a week and I read ahead twice because I couldn’t stop. I finished it in tears. I’ve read many good and even great romances, but I feel like even though I just finished it, its definitely one ill recommend and remember for a long time! The writing is amazing and the characters were so likable.”


@barksbeachesbooks

“The Friend Zone, The Light We Lost, All We Ever Wanted. All very different. The first one because it had tons of laugh out loud moments to break up the achy heart parts”


What do you all think? Do you agree with some of these answers?

What is your fav romance??

Popular YA Dystopia Series Over The Last 10 Years

So, I saw this post on the goodreads blog the other day which was talking about The Hunger Games and how that book was a real starting point to how popular those types of books have become. They then go to list some of the MOST popular YA dystopia series since The Hunger Games. The link to the posts is here if you want to check it out!

Now – I LOVE good YA book and have always been a fan of YA Dystopia books. Of course, like many of you, I read The Hunger Games and was just amazed by it, loved it, fan girled over it. I agree that The Hunger Games was a turning point for this genre of books!!

I looked at the list the Goodreads blog listed as most popular YA Dystopia series from the last 10 years and, well….. I don’t totally agree? I mean they went off ratings from Goodreads so I suppose I may be an unpopular opinion? I am going to go through the list and name the ones I agree with first:

  • Divergent
  • The Maze Runner
  • Shatter Me
  • The Program
  • Legend

So – here we are. I totally agree with these ones. I have either read them or seen them everywhere. Also, not that this totally matters, but Divergent and The Maze Runner were made into movies….. again, not like that proves popularity or anything but I think it shows any overall interest in the stories!

The ones I did not really agree with/ haven’t heard much about (so could be wrong about):

  • Matched
  • Delirium
  • The Darkest Minds
  • Scythe
  • Under the Never Sky
  • Enclave
  • Partials
  • Blood Red Road
  • The Testing

Please don’t hate me if I just said your most favorite book is not popular 😂 I am simply saying that I don’t totally agree that they are the TOP MOST POPULAR YA Dystopia books for the last DECADE. I think they are probably popular and maybe even great books – I just don’t see it. Please enlighten me on these books if they are super good though because I love new books!!

Now, here I go throwing my opinion all over the internet. I am going to share some YA Dystopia books from the last 10 years that I think would be good fits on this list. Again, this is just me giving my opinion, but its what I think 🤷‍♀️

  • The Selection -Kiera Cass
  • Gone – Michael Grant
  • The 5th Wave – Rick Yancey
  • Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard
  • Reboot – Amy Tintera
  • The Eye of Minds – James Dashner

What do you guys think? Do you think the goodreads blog was right picking those ones? Are there others I didn’t mention that would be better fit? Chat with me in the comments 😊

Mystery Tropes + What I Look for in a Mystery

Goodreads is currently celebrating the best mysteries and thrillers! I read through a lot of their articles and looked at the book recs. I thought one article in particular was interesting! They broke it down into the different mystery/thriller tropes that are popular like amnesia, the locked room, etc.

I found that really only one of their listed tropes was one I really enjoy – the inheritance trope. I love a good mystery or thriller about a mystery family member leaving a large inheritance to the character. The character always finds out something crazy about the family member and starts to piece together a mystery that goes back generations! Love those ones! I find I like those tropes in scary movies as well.

However, I feel like I like so many others that the goodreads article didn’t mention which got me thinking about it. What do I like? I started looking though all my books and seeing which ones I liked vs. didn’t like and WHY!

Check out the goodreads article here!

So this is what I came up with + some recommendations 😊


Sherlock Retelling Mystery

So these may be the all time favorite types of mysteries. I love a good mystery and I just really gravitate towards Sherlock style mysteries. I think maybe this is because I like the fast paced, kind of eccentric detective. I love how Sherlock does deductions about everything and is so genius when it comes to solving mysteries!! The books below are all retellings and have so many of those amazing Sherlock aspects to them 🔎

  • A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro
  • Truly Devious (Truly Devious #1)by Maureen Johnson
  • A Study in Scarlet Women (Lady Sherlock #1) by Sherry Thomas

Historical Mystery

I LOVE historical fiction so it would only make sense that I really like mysteries that are set in some time in history! When it comes to these types of mysteries I find myself reading more women led stories. I really enjoy the mysteries that are in history where women take the lead (when they maybe shouldn’t be) an go against the status quo. These books I listed do exactly that! They are such fun mysteries that focus on a historical period and the women are the main characters! 💃🏻

  • A Curious Beginning (Veronica Speedwall #1) by Deanna Raybourn
  • A Spy in the House (Agency #1) by Y.S Lee

Cozy Mystery

I feel like a lot of people like cozy mysteries but wont admit it haha. I love these style of mysteries. They are light and fun but always have a really interesting, different mystery. I recently watched a booktube video about tropes and cozy mysteries were mentioned. I liked what was said about not having to have murder and gore to be a good mystery. While a lot of cozy mysteries are total murder mysteries they are not super descriptive or completely focused on murder. I always like to have a cozy mystery to read! (Also – if the mystery has some kind of paranormal or magic aspect to it, it’s even better!) 👻

  • Mimi Lee Gets a Clue (A Sassy Cat mystery #1) by Jennifer Chow
  • Witch is When it All Began (A Witch P.I mystery #1) by Adele Abbott
  • Night of the Living Deed (A Haunted Guesthouse mystery #1) by E.J. Copperman

Inheritance Mystery

As I mentioned above, this trope was in the goodreads article. I totally agree that this is a popular theme for mystery books and movies. I do love these and always find these ones to be more spooky for some reason. I like to solve the mystery with the character and I find these types of mysteries to be so much more complicated! They always keep me on my toes which is a big reason I enjoy these ones so much!! 💰

  • The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
  • The Bookshop of Yesterdays by Amy Meyerson

What do you like in a mystery? Do you like lighter ones or do you go for the super detailed, gory murder mystery? Have you read any of the books I posted about?