Top 5 Tuesday is a fun, weekly meme that asks you to pick 5 books that fit that week’s theme. It was created by Bionic Bookworm and is currently being hosted by Meeghan Reads. You should check out their wonderful blog for more details and the list of prompts!
It’s time for another Top 5 Tuesday! I will fully admit that I had a little difficulty with this week’s topic. I’m talking about my top five books about weddings. Apparently, I haven’t read that many books about weddings. So this list may have some books that are a bit of a stretch, but I think they work.
Alright, let’s get to the post!
#1. The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren
This is the one of the books on the list that I’m actually not stretching at all! This entire rom-com is kicked off by a wedding gone wrong. Well, at least a wedding reception, where everyone but the bride and groom’s siblings get food poisoning. And then they get pushed into going on their honeymoon and, spoiler alert, get a lot closer than they were expecting. I really enjoyed this romance (Olive + Ethan forever!) and the vacation vibes.
#2. A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne A. Brown
I’m kiiind of stretching with this selection, but there is a wedding in this book! I mean, the end goal of said wedding is for one of our main characters, Karina, to murder her husband, but there’s still a wedding. Kind of. I can’t remember if it’s even described on-page… Whatever, it’s staying! I loved this book and the relationship that grows between Karina and Malik, our other main character. I really need to finish the duology soon.
Today seems like as good a day as any for a nice book tag! This one is perfect for the month of February, as well. I know Valentine’s Day is over, but I still wanted to get this one end before the month of loooove was over. Why? Because it’s the Romance Reader Book Tag! Now, I’m still a novice when it comes to romance novels. I’ve only recently started actively picking them up more and trying to figure out what I like. That being said, I’ve been having a lot of fun exploring this genre and I’m eager to continue.
Before we get to the post, I want to thank the wonderful Ashlee @ Books Are 42 for tagging me! You should definitely go check out her blog if you haven’t already. I promise you’ll find something there to enjoy! I tried to discover who originally created this tag, but hit a dead end. If anyone knows, please share so I can give credit where credit is due!
Now, let’s get to the tag!
What age did you start reading romance novels?
As I was thinking of the answer to this question, I was going to say I didn’t pick up a romance novel until fairly recently. I’ve read books involving romance for forever, but not something that was specifically shelved in romance. But then I recalled being a teen and discovering my mom’s collection of Amanda Quick novels! I can’t tell you for certain which ones I actually read (none of them have stuck in my memory) but I know I read at least a few. Then I avoided romances for years because, for some misguided reason, I thought all romances were like historical romances. It wasn’t until my 30s that I tried a couple of contemporary romances and found I didn’t hate it, lol. Now I’m happily digging into the genre more.
If you could pick one hero to meet from your favorite romance novels who would it be and why?
Oh, definitely Zafir from Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert! He’s such a giant teddy bear and I love how sweet he is with Dani. Besides, he would probably have good romance recs to keep me going on my romance reading journey! And he sounds like he wouldn’t be bad to look at for an extended period of time. There’s also the off-chance that he’ll bring Dani along and we can be nerds together!
The shortest month of the year has come and gone! Though it felt like February flew by, I’m happy to be one month closer to Spring! And though I didn’t read as many books as I did in January, this was a great month for wonderful reads. I didn’t rate anything read below a four star and I read my second five star book of the year. Kicking 2020 off right!
But I’m getting ahead of myself. Let’s jump into the wrap up 😊
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If you’d like to learn more about any of these books, click on the cover to be taken to the Goodreads page.
Tuesday Mooney Talks to Ghosts by Kate Racculia: This book is such a damn treat! I’ve mainly been reading this at work as my lunch break book and it’s made me late a couple of times, heh. It’s just, when I start reading, I don’t want to stop! I love the mystery, the game, the characters… this book is freakin’ wild in the best way.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
Rating: 4 out of 5.
After the Flood by Kassandra Montag: This book was a surprise, tbh. I read it solely because of a Booktuber’s recommendation and wasn’t sure if I would actually like. I ended up loving it! You can read my review here.
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren: I jumped on the hype train with this one and was happily swept away. This was quite literally laugh-out-loud funny and just a fun ride! You can read my thoughts in my recent mini-review post all about romances.
The Last Human by Zack Jordan: Time to get to my March ARCs! This is a sci-fi that follows the last human in the solar system who has to keep the fact that they are human a secret. It sounds like it’s going to be interesting.
The Kingdom of Back by Marie Lu: I read an excerpt of this (and won a copy!) on BookishFirst. I absolutely loved the excerpt! This is the story of Mozart (but not the Mozart you’re thinking of) and a magical kingdom and I am here. for. it.
How is your reading week going? Have you finished any stunners lately? Let me know in the comments! Or drop a link to your own WWW Wednesday post!
Though I tend to be a genre-hopper, there are two genres that I generally avoid. One is Westerns (I don’t like them in movie form, either) and the other is romance. Recently, however, I had noticed there were quite a few romance novels out there that actually sounded… interesting. I’d heard about them on Booktube, in Goodreads groups, or over on book Twitter. The more I heard about them, the more I thought that maybe it was time to lift my arbitrary and, frankly, silly ban on romances.
I ended up picking up three new adult romances that I had heard a lot about and found the most compelling: Well Met; Get a Life, Chloe Brown; and The Unhoneymooners. And, lo and behold, I liked all three of them! Let this be a lesson to myself. Don’t judge a genre by your preconceived notions!