Top Ten Tuesday:

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme by The Artsy Reader. This week’s topic is Books I’d Gladly Throw Into the Ocean. I’m taking this to mean – books that I would rather never have to see again. Honestly, lately I’ve had a fair amount of DNF books and 1 star reads – I think my tolerance for bad books is getting lower the older I get.

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Life’s Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing for providing a review copy of Life’s Too Short

Life's Too Short by Abby Jimenez

How the hell does Abby Jimenez keep getting better with each book? Seriously – when I first read The Friend Zone, it was one of my favorite romances, then The Happy Ever After Playlist raised the bar even higher. I have no idea how she does it – but she’s gone ahead and topped the amazing The Happy Ever After Playlist with the third entry of the series, Life’s Too Short.

A brilliant and touching romantic comedy from the USA Today bestselling author of The Friend Zone and The Happy Ever After Playlist.

Vanessa lives life on her own terms — one day at a time, every day to its fullest. She isn’t willing to waste a moment or miss out on an experience when she has no idea whether she shares the same fatal genetic condition as her mother. Besides, she has way too much to do, traveling the globe and showing her millions of YouTube followers the joy in seizing every moment.

But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in custody of her infant daughter, she is housebound, on mommy duty for the foreseeable future, and feeling totally out of her element.

The last person she expects to show up offering help is the unbelievably hot lawyer who lives next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. But as they get closer, Vanessa realizes that her carefree ways and his need for a structured plan could never be compatible for the long term. Then again, she should know better than anyone that life’s too short to fear taking the biggest risk of all. . .

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A Court of Frost and Starlight by Sarah J Maas

A court of frost and starlight by Sarah j maas
A court of frost and starlight by Sarah j maas

Recently, I decided to buddy read the A Court of Thorns and Roses series with one of my friends – we were both reading this series for the first time, trying to read the original books before A Court of Silver Flames came out (and we made it!). Though I have strong opinions about the rest of this series – A Court of Frost and Starlight stands out for how truly terrible it is.

This book reads like shitty fanfiction. The overall quality of writing is much lower than the rest of the ACOTAR trilogy – this book feels like it was (poorly) ghost written. Aside from the spectacularly bad writing, the plot was just… non-existent. Nothing happens. It’s basically a bad Christmas special – 272 pages of nothing. 

Months after the explosive events in A Court of Wings and Ruin, Feyre, Rhys, and their companions are still busy rebuilding the Night Court and the vastly-changed world beyond. But Winter Solstice is finally near, and with it, a hard-earned reprieve. Yet even the festive atmosphere can’t keep the shadows of the past from looming. As Feyre navigates her first Winter Solstice as High Lady, she finds that those dearest to her have more wounds than she anticipated–scars that will have far-reaching impact on the future of their Court.

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Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Vision in White by Nora Roberts
Vision in White by Nora Roberts

Nora Roberts is a giant in the romance genre – she’s been a top author for years – and for a good reason. I have been wanting to read her work for a while, and when I happened upon a copy of Vision in White at a used book store, I decided to finally try her work out.

After years of throwing make-believe weddings in the backyard, flowers, photography, desserts, and details are what these women do best: a guaranteed perfect, beautiful day full of memories to last the rest of your life.

With bridal magazine covers to her credit, Mackensie “Mac” Elliot is most at home behind the camera—ready to capture the happy moments she never experienced while growing up. Her father replaced his first family with a second, and now her mother, moving on to yet another man, begs Mac for attention and money. Mac’s foundation is jostled again moments before an important wedding planning meeting when she bumps into the bride-to-be’s brother…an encounter that has them both seeing stars.

Carter Maguire is definitely not her type: he’s stable, and he’s safe. He’s even an English teacher at their high school alma mater. There’s something about him that makes Mac think a casual fling is just what she needs to take her mind off dealing with bridezillas and screening her mother’s phone calls. But a casual fling can turn into something more when you least expect it. And with the help of her three best friends—and business partners—Mac must learn how to make her own happy memories.

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