Top 5 YA Romance Books

Top 5 YA Romance Books

It’s been a week of romance with Valentine’s Day – and I couldn’t pass on the opportunity to post about some of my favourite cliche romance reads. I’m going for overly cheesy and jam-packed with lovey-dovey teenagers, so if that sounds like your guilty-pleasure, check these out!

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The Garretts are everything the Reeds are not. Loud, messy, affectionate. And every day from her rooftop perch, Samantha Reed wishes she was one of them . . . until one summer evening, Jase Garrett climbs up next to her and changes everything.
As the two fall fiercely for each other, stumbling through the awkwardness and awesomeness of first love, Jase’s family embraces Samantha – even as she keeps him a secret from her own. Then something unthinkable happens, and the bottom drops out of Samantha’s world. She’s suddenly faced with an impossible decision. Which perfect family will save her? Or is it time she saved herself?

I read this book just last summer, when my reading tastes were rapidly changing, yet I still absolutely adored it.

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Classic movie fan Bailey “Mink” Rydell has spent months crushing on a witty film geek she only knows online as Alex. Two coasts separate the teens until Bailey moves in with her dad, who lives in the same California surfing town as her online crush.
Faced with doubts (what if he’s a creep in real life—or worse?), Bailey doesn’t tell Alex she’s moved to his hometown. Or that she’s landed a job at the local tourist-trap museum. Or that she’s being heckled daily by the irritatingly hot museum security guard, Porter Roth—a.k.a. her new archnemesis. But life is a whole lot messier than the movies, especially when Bailey discovers that tricky fine line between hate, love, and whatever it is she’s starting to feel for Porter.
And as the summer months go by, Bailey must choose whether to cling to a dreamy online fantasy in Alex or take a risk on an imperfect reality with Porter. The choice is both simpler and more complicated than she realizes, because Porter Roth is hiding a secret of his own: Porter is Alex…Approximately.

The absolute definition of guilty pleasure for me, this one was so predictable but I couldn’t help falling for it anyway.

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Amy Curry is having a terrible year. Her mother is moving all the way across the country and needs Amy to drive their car from California to the East Coast. But since the death of her father, Amy hasn’t been able to get behind the wheel of a car. Enter Roger, the son of an old family friend, who turns out to be unexpectedly cute.

I haven’t read this book in a while, but it’s everything I love about road-trip romance. Including snapshots from a real journey (receipts, photos and playlists), I adored this book.

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Anna is happy in Atlanta. She has a loyal best friend and a crush on her coworker at the movie theater, who is just starting to return her affection. So she’s less than thrilled when her father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year.
But despite not speaking a word of French, Anna meets some cool new people, including the handsome Étienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he’s taken —and Anna might be, too. Will a year of romantic near misses end with the French kiss she’s waiting for?

This whole trilogy is cotton candy fluff, and sometimes that’s exactly what I need. Cute, sweet and set in the beautiful city of Paris!

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Griffin has lost his first love in a drowning accident. Theo was his best friend, his ex-boyfriend and the one he believed he would end up with. Now, reeling from grief and worsening OCD, Griffin turns to an unexpected person for help. Theo’s new boyfriend.
But as their relationship becomes increasingly complicated, dangerous truths begin to surface. Griffin must make a choice: confront the past, or miss out on his future.

One of my more recent romance reads but I loved it! I only discovered Adam Silvera’s books last year and I’m so glad I did.

Which are your favourite romance reads?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! I’m Opening a Shop

Let’s Discuss! I’m Opening a Shop

I’ve been saying for a while now that I’ve been working on something I’m very excited about, and well I think it’s time to reveal what that thing is!

I’m a very creative person, being a photography student and all, and I’ve been wanting to start up a shop for bookworms for a loooong time now (I mean years!). Anyway, I’ve recently got to grips with Photoshop, and realised there was nothing else holding me back from creating some bookmark designs.

It’s about a month since I started this whole process, and I can’t believe I’m revealing it to the world. Here are the bookmark sets I’m starting with – click the image below to explore!


Have a browse if you can and let me know in the comments if there’s any other bookmarks you’d like me to create!

-Beth

May your shelves forever overflow with books! ☽

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Let’s Discuss! My Bookish Pop Funko Collection

Let’s Discuss! My Bookish Pop Funko Collection

Hi all! Sorry I needed a break for a couple of days as it’s been a busy and a little bit of a stressful week. However, I’m back now and I’m here with a post I’m really excited for – my bookish Pop Funkos! I’ve recently talked about Pop’s I want to buy, and I thought I could also talk about Pops I already have.

I have a small Harry Potter collection that takes up most of my Pops! These little animals are from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Crimes of Grindelwald. I love how big the 10″ Niffler is compared to my baby (normal size) Nifflers!

My Harry Potter collection also extends to the original films – with my limited edition Harry with Broomstick and this cute little Luna.

I only have a couple of other Pops that aren’t from Harry Potter, but I love them all the same. I have Katniss – Girl on Fire, which has an awesome outfit. I also have Miss Peregrine, who comes with (you guessed it) a tiny peregrine!

Which Pop Funkos do you own or want?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Books I Didn’t Get To in 2018

Let’s Discuss! Books I Didn’t Get To in 2018

With posts about the previous year, I have a rule: you can do it until the end of January. And I still have a couple of year wrap-ups I want to do so here we are! Today I’m going to tell you about a few books I really wanted to get to in 2018, and I hope to finally read this year.

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Sixteen-year-old Starr lives in two worlds: the poor neighbourhood where she was born and raised and her posh high school in the suburbs. The uneasy balance between them is shattered when Starr is the only witness to the fatal shooting of her unarmed best friend, Khalil, by a police officer. Now what Starr says could destroy her community. It could also get her killed.

I’ve owned this book pretty much since the release, and yet I couldn’t get into it when I finally picked it up last year. I honestly hate that I didn’t carry on at the time, but now I have the chance to meet the author in March, I really feel like it’s time to pick this one up!

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Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

I actually watched the movie before reading the book with this one, and I absolutely loved it! I’m determined to get around to reading the book soon.

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Beatrice Prior is on the brink of a decision that will change her life. In a society divided into factions all are forced to choose where they belong. And the choice Tris makes shocks everyone, including herself. Once decisions are made, the new members are forced to undergo extreme initiation tests with devastating consequences. As their experience transforms them, Tris must determine who her friends are – and if the man who both threatens and protects her is really on her side. Because Tris has a deadly secret. And as growing conflict threatens to unravel their seemingly perfect society, this secret might save those Tris loves… or it might destroy her.

This is another book I’ve committed a bookworm sin for – I’ve now watched all of the movies and I haven’t picked up a single book. My boyfriend bought us the boxed set a year ago though, so I’m determined to read them this year.

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In the small college town of Morganville, vampires and humans lived in (relative) peace—until all the rules got rewritten when the evil vampire Bishop arrived, looking for the lost book of vampire secrets. He’s kept a death grip on the town ever since. Now an underground resistance is brewing, and in order to contain it, Bishop must go to even greater lengths. He vows to obliterate the town and all its inhabitants—the living and the undead. Claire Danvers and her friends are the only ones who stand in his way. But even if they defeat Bishop, will the vampires ever be content to go back to the old rules, after having such a taste of power?

I started this series years ago. I mean years ago. And I desperately need to continue with this series as I only need ONE book to complete my set now!

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In a secret world where half-angel warriors called Shadowhunters are sworn to fight demons, parabatai is a sacred word. A parabatai is your best friend and battle partner. Parabatai can be everything to each other–but they can never fall in love.
Emma Carstairs ia a Shadowhunter, the best in her generation. Together with her parabatai, Julian Blackthorn, she patrols the streets of Loa Angeles, where faeries–the most powerful of supranatural creatures–teeter on the edge of open war with Shadowhunters. When bodies–both faerie and human-turn up, bearing marks that match those found on Emma’s own murdered parents, an uneasy alliance is formed. This is Emma’s chance for revenge–and Julian’s chance to get back to his brother, a prisoner of the faerie Courts. All they have to do is solve the murders within two weeks… and before the murderer target them.

Another book that’s been sat on my shelf since release – but I couldn’t read because I knew I had to read the rest of Cassandra Clare’s books first. Now I only have City of Heavenly Fire left, and I’m so excited to pick up this series after!

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Harry Potter Studio Tour

Let’s Discuss! Harry Potter Studio Tour

Hello again my lovely readers! Today we have a very special post about the WB Harry Potter Studio Tour I visited earlier this week (I can’t believe it was less than a week ago!). For my birthday back in October, my other half Josh bought us tickets for the studio tour and to see the Cursed Child in May. I’m so excited for that!

We were lucky enough to book to visit the studios while Hogwarts in the Snow was still showing, and it made it even more beautiful somehow. I’ve never been to the studio before, so I’m really excited to share with you my first visit.

As soon as I spotted the sign on our way in, I was so overwhelmed. I couldn’t wait to get in!

There were many times in the tour when I felt like crying, and the opening of the doors to the Great Hall took my breath away.

Inside, the Great Hall is set up for the Yule Ball! It looks beautiful with the Christmas trees and icy decorations.

We moved on to see the many many sets alongside interesting facts/props from the movies. Here’s just one of many photos I took of the Gryffindor Common Room. I also loved seeing Dumbledore’s office and the Potions classroom.

The Forbidden Forest is the newest edition to the studios, and it was awesome to see Buckbeak in real life! I didn’t visit Aragog’s lair however, because I’m really not a fan of spiders :p

Next came the beautiful Hogwarts Express. I had tears in my eyes when I walked onto the platform. And of course we had to have the customary pictures with the trolley!

We stopped for dinner and a drink, and I had to try some Butterbeer. It’s very sweet but I did like it, and I got to take the cup home!

Not only did I get to see Privet Drive, the Knight Bus and the Bridge, I also got to see it in the snow! They had snow machines set up outside and it made the experience even more magical.

Inside again, we got to see even more props and amazing artwork. One of my favourites was definitely Fawkes.

Diagon Alley was one of the most incredible things. Being able to walk down the street was so cool.

But the thing that got me most was this room! I walked in, took one look at this amazing model and burst into tears. It was just so beautiful, especially covered in snow!

Of course, this experience was just magical. I’d recommend it for any Harry Potter fan and I’ll definitely visit again sometime!

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! 2018 Wrap-Up + Favourites

Let’s Discuss! 2018 Wrap-Up + Favourites

We’re 8 days into the New Year and I haven’t stopped thinking about my 2018 in books. Here are just a few totals to get started!

Firstly, I’m so happy I managed to smash my Goodreads goal by reading 67 instead of 50! Secondly, isn’t it funny how all of my stats included Harry Potter books? 2018 was definitely the year of Harry Potter for me, and I’m hoping 2019 will continue that trend!

And here’s a summary of every single book I read! Can you spot any of your favourites?

Last but not least, we have my top 5 books of 2018! As always, this was really hard to sort through…but here we go.

5. History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

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I had to include a contemporary in here and 2018 was the year I discovered Adam Silvera and the way he blends reality with fantasy. Of course all of Adam Silvera’s and Becky Albertalli’s deserve a shoutout, but I kept coming back to this one. It was beautiful, and definitely made me cry! Review here.

4. A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi

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I think this one was my biggest and best surprise of the year. I went in with little expectation and came out with a sense I’d just read one of the most important YA books of our time. It was truly wonderful. Review here.

3. A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J Maas

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2018 was definitely a year of fantasy for me, and I knew it was the right time to delve back into this series. I ended up falling completely in love with A Court of Mist and Fury and it’s following books! Review here.

2. Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare

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Another big surprise for me was The Infernal Devices and how I fell truly in love with the series. Clockwork Princess made me absolutely sob, broke my heart but also filled it with joy and love for this series. Review here!

2. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

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Although I really considered this for a long time and kept swapping my top choice, nothing could really come close to Harry Potter. I loved a lot of books this past year, but this series made me fall in love. It won me over in so many ways, and has managed to become such a big part of my life.

So everyone, those are my top 5 books of 2018 and a wrap-up from me! Which is your favourite book of the past year?

-Beth

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Let’s Discuss! Favourite Genre of 2018

Let’s Discuss! Favourite Genre of 2018

Twelve Days of Cristmas – Day 11

So I have to admit that I missed yesterday again in my Twelve Days of Christmas post series! However, I missed it because I had a lovely day with dear friends and family, and I think that’s the most important thing this time of year ❤

However, I have to say that I’ve been very excited about this post! I’m talking about my favourite genre of 2018…which you may be surprised to know is fantasy! 

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I kickstarted my year by diving straight into fantasy, and picking up The Hobbit. I really enjoyed the book, but I don’t think it was the book that really made me fall in love with the genre…

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For me, Harry Potter really changed the world of fantasy for me. I read the entire series for the first time at the age of 18, in spring of this year! And, as I’m sure it has for many other people, Harry Potter was the series that made fantasy my favourite genre all of a sudden.

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Reading Harry Potter made me pick up so many new books off my own shelves and bookshop shelves, including A Court of Mist and Fury, Shatter Me, and currently The Infernal Devices! I’m looking forward to exploring many more beautiful worlds in the New Year.

What has been your favourite genre of the year?

-Beth

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