Top Ten Cosy/Wintery Reads To Curl Up With

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week’s prompt is all about cosy reads. There’s nothing better than curling up when it’s cold outside, with a blanket and a warm drink. Perhaps the fire on too? Mm. I’m now dreaming of a snow day. These books are those that are good for reading in one sitting! They’re not necessarily deep reads, but they’re either heart-warming or atmospheric. Perfect for a cosy read, I say!

As ever, book images go to Goodreads!

The Snow Child

A perfect winter’s tale. 🙂 I really love this book and don’t see it around often enough for my liking!

Sister

I think this is an incredibly gripping read. Perfect for curling up with.

The Gift

This is one of my favourite books!

Let It Snow

I enjoyed these cute holiday romances.

Bittersweet

This sort of book is so easy to read all curled up and warm!

My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories

I wasn’t the biggest fan of all of these stories but there’s some good ones to get stuck into. That’s why I like anthologies.


A Christmas Carol

I think this book is perfect for near Christmas time!

Eleanor & Park

A book like this I could easily see being read in a day!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

This book was so easy to read. It could easily be devoured within a few hours.

The Ice Twins

Thrillers are great to curl up with and this is a brilliant one!

What did you put on your list this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by.

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The Duff

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

Seventeen-year-old Bianca Piper is cynical and loyal, and she doesn’t think she’s the prettiest of her friends by a long shot. She’s also way too smart to fall for the charms of man-slut and slimy school hottie Wesley Rush. In fact, Bianca hates him. And when he nicknames her “the Duff,” she throws her Coke in his face.

But things aren’t so great at home right now, and Bianca is desperate for a distraction. She ends up kissing Wesley. Worse, she likes it. Eager for escape, Bianca throws herself into a closeted enemies-with-benefits relationship with him.
Until it all goes horribly awry. It turns out Wesley isn’t such a bad listener, and his life is pretty screwed up, too. Suddenly Bianca realizes with absolute horror that she’s falling for the guy she thought she hated more than anyone.

Thoughts:

I have had this book on my Kindle for such a long time now. I decided to read it on the plane over to my summer holiday this year. It was the perfect read whilst I was travelling. It wasn’t hard to get into and it captured my attention throughout the journey. The Duff wasn’t what I expected though, I was expecting something a lot lighter, but I actually found The Duff to be quite a gritty, raw read. This certainly wasn’t the cutesy romance that I was expecting.

The Duff is the Designated Ugly Fat Friend. Harsh, I know, but this term is easily banded about in this story. Bianca, our main protagonist, is called the Duff by Wesley. He tells Bianca that she is the Duff amongst her friends. She makes her attractive friends look even better. Bianca lets the term define her throughout the book.

The Duff is narrated by Bianca, a character that I think you’ll either love or hate. She’s certainly full of character. Bianca is a character whose voice strongly comes across in the story. She knows her own mind and is incredibly focused on her own goals. Wesley, who is one of the male love interests, is quite a typical YA male character. He’s a bit of a bad boy. You know the sort! He certainly comes across as the selfish, arrogant character who has girls falling at his feet. I thought he was going to really annoy me, but as the story progresses, we find out he has much more going on in his life than we’d expect. Much like Bianca does. These characters definitely have layers. Bianca and Wesley find a connection even though Bianca insists she hates him. Wesley certainly takes her mind off things. 

As I mentioned, I was expecting fluff from this story. I really didn’t get that. It was raw, real and a little messed up. Bianca made some awful decisions. There is a love triangle going on, but it’s not annoying. It’s messy and realistic. A lot of the situations Bianca finds herself in are relatable to so many young adults and adults alike! 

Whilst I didn’t think The Duff was the most amazing piece of writing, I found it to be thoroughly enjoyable with real, gritty characters and it definitely had a deeper message about how labels and societal expectations can define us.

Would I recommend it?:
Yes!

A gritty Young Adult read. I’m intrigued to see how the movie compares...

Top Ten Books On My Spring TBR!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are our Top Ten Books on my Spring TBR. I managed to read 4 books from my Winter TBR and DNF two others on my list. So 6/10 is much better than I had previously done with a TBR list… I’m hoping to read the four books that I missed off my list. I have to prioritise these books as they’ve been on my TBR for AGES and I read such wonderful things about them!

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These books!!! I NEED to read them. Maybe Someday is a book that everyone says I should get to, but for some reason I never get around to it!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend My Heart and Other Black Holes Stolen: A Letter to My Captor No Place to FallI'll Meet You There The Art of Being Normal

I know that I’m reading many of these books soon! I am so excited to read I’ll Meet You There as I adored Something Real by Heather Demetrios. I’ve also heard fantastic things about The Art of Being Normal.

Have you read any of these books? Which should I prioritise? What’s on your Spring TBR? Feel free to leave a link to your posts and I’ll stop by!

Top Ten Books I Want To Read From The Young Adult Genre

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the wonderful The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s list are the Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Haven’t/Want To Read From X Genre or books you WANT to read in a particular genre..not necessarily long overdue.

My list is in no particular order and the book image goes to Goodreads!

Stolen: A Letter to My CaptorNo Place to Fall

Stolen Lucy Christopher– I have heard so many wonderful things about this book. I have a copy, but haven’t got around to reading it yet! Hopefully soon.

No Place To FallJaye Robin Brown– Again, good things heard! I just need to purchase a copy!

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendIn Honor

The DuffKody Keplinger- I’ve had this book for AGES now, but I don’t seem to be reading it! I really need to make time for it.

In HonorJessi Kirby- I’ve only read Golden from this author which I thoroughly enjoyed. I want to read more of her books!

Some Girls Are My Heart and Other Black Holes

Some Girls AreCourtney Summers- I’m yet to read something by Courtney Summers, but I have heard great things about her writing!

My Heart & Other Black Holes- Jasmine Warga– This book has been highly raved about!

I'll Meet You There The Art of Being Normal

I’ll Meet You There- Heather Demetrios– I don’t have many authors that I pre order for, but after reading Something Real, I had to pre order I’ll Meet You There.

The Art of Being NormalLisa Willamson– This book has been highly recommended by so many bloggers! I’m looking forward to getting to it as soon as I can.

The Start of Me and You Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

The Start Of Me and YouEmery Lord– I’m eagerly anticipating Emery Lord’s next book after devouring Open Road Summer. It comes out in March!

Nick and Norah’s Infinite PlaylistRachel Cohn and David Levithan– I’ve been meaning to read this for a while now!

Have you read any of these? Let me know! Also, feel free to leave a link to your list this week. This week could be another where my TBR pile expands…

 

 

Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by the lovely The Broke and The Bookish. Each week they come up with a list for us to complete. This week it is the Top Ten Things On My Reading Wishlist. By this they mean if you could make authors write about these things you would. It could be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc.

I’ve found this Top Ten list incredibly hard, so I’ve decided to highlight books that I want to read this year instead and why I’m wishing for them. I know, I know that’s cheating, but they’re on my reading wishlist… so I’m loosely following the topic! 😉

As ever, click on the book image to take you to the Goodread’s page for the book!

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The DuffKody Keplinger– I’ve heard good things about this book.  I’ve never heard of the term ‘Duff’ being used, so I’m interested to see where this book goes.

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What’s Left Of MeKat Zhang- I really like dystopian reads. I’m very intrigued by this book, having seen it highly recommended by bloggers that I adore!

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Go Ask AliceAnonymous– The fact that the author has called themselves Anonymous intrigues me.  I know through linking it to Goodreads that the author has been revealed. This sounds like a particularly powerful book.

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Night SchoolC.J Daugherty– So many people have read this book and loved it. I think I should definitely bump it up my wishlist!

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PointeBrandy Colbert– I’ve mentioned it before on my blog, but I’ll mention it again. I LOVE books that include dance. I can’t dance myself, but I love watching it and reading about it. I need this book in my life!

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Thousand WordsJennifer Brown– I’ve slowly been working my way through Jennifer Brown’s books. I love her writing. I enjoy reading books that deal with issues.

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PanicLauren Oliver– I was so disappointed by Requiem. I couldn’t finish it. I love Lauren Oliver’s writing, but my faith in her writing needs to be restored. Will this happen with Panic? I’ll have to read it to see!

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Perfect RuinLauren Destefano– I can’t wait to begin another series by Lauren Destefano. I’m completely in love with her writing!

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On The FenceKasie West– I am a bit of a fangirl of Kasie West’s books. I loved Pivot Point. I can’t wait for Split Second. I devoured The Distance Between Us so I need On The Fence!

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This Is What Happy Looks LikeJennifer E.Smith- I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time now. I’m not sure what’s been holding me back.

So there it is my version of this week’s Top Ten list. I had to put my own spin on this week’s topic. Did you manage it though? What is on your reading wishlist? Please feel free to leave your links to your posts and I’ll stop by your blogs!