Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Things I Dislike When It Comes To Romance In Books

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

As soon as I saw this weeks topic I knew I’d have a lot to say. Turns out I was right, 10 point were not enough so I sneaked in an eleventh. I got so carried away writing about the things I dislike about romance in books that I completely forgot that I could write about what I like. This is a list of the 11 things I dislike when it comes to romance in books.

11. Cliche And Unoriginal
Is it too much to ask for books to be different? It’s such a disappointment when you practically read the same story three times, with only changing names evidence that no, you’re not going crazy, you did pick up another book, it just happens to be very, very unoriginal.
And there’s also the cliche. The ridiculous chat up lines, the unrealistic first date, the gorgeous guy picking the shy girl that doesn’t mix with the ‘cool’ crowd. Give me a break, and give me something original.

10. Style Of Writing
This links in with number six, when the author focusses so much on something else (prolific sex scenes) that they compromise the quality and style of writing. So often books can seem amateurish when they try and put as many loves scenes in as possible, move away from the thesaurus to describe his eyes, hair, teeth and whatever else is beautiful and write about something a little bit more meaningful.

9. Not Being Open Or Honest
How many times have I read book where the guy and the gal love each other but think that the feeling isn’t mutual. Too many to count. You read one or two and think it’s quite cute, then you read a hundred more of the same infuriating thing and it isn’t looking so cute anymore.
If you love them, tell them. I don’t want to have to read your moaning, whining and doubts. Save it for the sequel.
8. Stop Being Individuals
I love when two characters that are perfect for each other get together. I don’t love when they become one person and the entire book is ‘oh my gosh he’s so fantastic and beautiful and I love him’. No. Just no. Get out, see your friends. Remove yourself from his presence for more than five minutes. Be who you were before you started dating him, not the lovesick fool that has no sense of identity. Put yourself first, cause he’s usually a d****e.

7. Extremely Needy Females
Put down the phone, stop texting every two seconds and get off his Facebook page. You can exist without him by your side every second of the day. It’s not going to be the end of your life if he has one night with the boys. Stop demanding everything from him and be cool. He doesn’t want a lovesick fan, he wants a partner. Man up and be one.

6. Too Many Sex Scenes
If I wanted to read that kind of stuff then I’d buy Fifty Shades Of Grey.
I’m not a prude or anything, it’s just that sometimes it really isn’t needed yet authors chuck it in anyway. It’s even worse when basically every other is full of explicit (and often graphic) detail. I end up skipping huge chunks because there is no end to the sex scenes.
5. Overly Possessive Men
I quite like male characters that are protective and get jealous. Not off the scale stalk his lady to make sure no one’s hitting on his woman, just puff out his chest and wrap his arm around her kind of guys. I always remember reading the Twilight series and hating Edward so much (he fell into the former category), especially when he actually REMOVED part of Bella’s engine so she couldn’t drive to see Jacob! I hated him from that moment on. There’s also the guy that gets mad at his girlfriend when she talks to other guys, or even smiles (platonically) at another guy. I don’t like that either, if you can check out other woman left right and centre then she can say thank you to a man who lets her on the bus first. Basically, there’s a line that really shouldn’t be crossed.

4. Forgiving When They Shouldn’t 
I’m not talking idle little things like forgetting to put the toilet seat down, I mean cheating, hitting and being downright horrible. I’ve read a few books this past year where something from this list has happened, sometimes the female goes all crazy and dumps them on the spot, and others they make up excuses and forgive the a**hole. And there’s always a good guy hanging around in the background, waiting for his chance to show her that he loves her and will be good to her. Yet it always takes them until the end of the book to realise, and we end up with 100 pages of an awful boyfriend.

3.Getting Back Together When They Shouldn’t
This follows on from the previous point. So they finally see the light and dump the idiot, and everything’s going well. But then they do something stupid. They get back together. Why, oh why? He/she are clearly not right for you, your not happy when you’re with them, they cheated, whatever the reason for breaking up with them you need to stay true to yourself and STAY AWAY! Take a tip from TayTay, and never ever get back together.

And I thought I’d add the video for good measure.

2. Putting Up With C**p
Basically when a guy is awful, not just once or twice, but repetitively. And the girls do nothing. They just sit back and accept the way they are spoken to, the pathetic excuses and lies. Why do authors write characters like this? Characters with no backbone that clearly don’t respect themselves. This may sound odd but I don’t respect characters that put up with c**p, and usually I also don’t like them. I’m not talking about guys that are jerks once or twice, I’m talking repeat offenders. Ain’t nobody got time for that.
1. INSTA LOVE. 
One thing that will put me off a book instantly. It’s irritating and unbelievable. Why do authors think it’s okay? It’s really, really not. There is no way you could meet a guy and after 2 whole minutes of knowing him be certain that he’s the one you’re going to spend the rest of your life with. It doesn’t work like that. What the characters should be thinking is ‘he’s pretty hot, in fact he’s gorgeous he gives Benedict Cumberbatch a run for his money’ (let’s get real for a moment, a boy who gives Benedict Cumberbatch a run for his money is a very special boy indeed). What they should not be thinking is ‘oh wow, I’ve met my soulmate. This is the man I will grow old with, we’ll be together forever and I don’t care what anyone else thinks. I wonder what his name is.’ THAT IS NOT OKAY! 
This has been one of the funnest posts to write! I absolutely adored writing about all the things that really bug me in the romance genre. I loved it so much that I started texting my friend all about it so we could rant all about it together.

If you’ve also done Top Ten Tuesday this week then let me know in the comments! I’d love to see what you had to say about romance in books!

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Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
I probably have a lot more than ten books I meant to read in 2014 but didn’t, when I reached ten I stopped looking to avoid the book sadness and disappointment. Here’s my list in no particular order of books I really wanted to read in 2014, but I just didn’t get the chance.

The Jewel by Amy Ewing
This book is sitting on my bookshelf as I type, I bought it with good intentions of reading it immediately, sadly it wasn’t to be. I really want to read this, and I’m looking forward to (finally) starting it. I’m on placement for two months now, so finding time to read in the week is really hard, seems like it’s going to be sitting on bookshelf for a while longer.

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I was pulled in by the rave reviews I’ve seen throughout the blogging world, and I liked the description, so why didn’t I read it? Honestly, I just never got round to buying it, but it’s on the list!

Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini
Trial By Fire is the new take on Arthur Miller’s The Crucible, a play I love and know far too well. As soon as I saw this in Waterstone’s I knew I had to read it, now I just need to sit down and start!

Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios
This is another fantasy book that I wanted to read in 2014 but just didn’t get around to, fantasy as a genre is really starting to sneak into my heart.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang
Falling Into Place certainly doesn’t sound like a light-hearted read, it seems more like it fits in the full-on heart breaking category. It’s the only book on this list that seems like it will be hard hitting, but that’s all part of the appeal.

The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson
This book sounds super intriguing and incredible! I want to but it immediately because I need this book in my life!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
I absolutely adored Fangirl, so it was only natural to add Landline to my TBR list as soon as I saw it, unfortunately I just never got round to reading it, or even purchasing it for that matter!

Magnolia by Kristi Cook
I read a review of this book a while back and it’s been sitting on my TBR pile ever since. It sounds like my kind of book, funny, set in the South and with romance thrown in, what could a girl ask for? I hope 2015 will be the year I read it!

Trust Me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer
I loved the Gallagher Girls books and what I’ve read of the Heist Society series by Ally Carter, so when I saw that this book is in that genre I added it to my TBR pile immediately! I’m looking forward to reading this one in 2015!

Illusions of Fate by Kiersten White
This fantasy novel really appealed to me, not as much as some of the others on the list if I’m completely honest, but that being said I still want to read it.

I’m genuinely gutted that I didn’t end up reading any of these books in 2014, I still really want to read them all. Let’s hope 2015 will be our year! Which 2014 releases were you meaning to read? Let me know in the comments! If you’re new to the blog then I’d love you to follow me on Bloglovin’!

Top Ten Tuesday | Top 10 Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015

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I had to scour the internet long and hard to find these debut novels that are being released in 2015, and I’m glad I did. I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on these books!
10. The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

16th June 2015

The Night We Said Yes sounds like a really interesting novel as teens re-create the past. I’m looking forward to reading this, it has alternating chapters between the past and the present, I find that I really like reading alternating chapters, so it will be interesting to see how they’ve been used in this novel.

9. The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

1st May 2015

Kate’s father, the man she’s had no contact with, turns up and takes her into his family. But it turns out he’s running for US President. And there’s a bad boy. Would it be a good book if there wasn’t a bad boy? It kind of reminds me of First Daughter with Katie Holmes mixed with a little bit of Sarah Dessen, an author I love.

8. The Boy Next Door by Katie Van Ark

15th January 2015

They’re best friends, she loves him but he thinks he doesn’t like her back. He’s falling for her but doesn’t want to mess anything up. Add figure skating and I’m sold.

7. One Of The Guys by Lisa Aldin

10th February 2015

I’m a sucker for a novel set in a boarding school, throw in a fake date business and the chance at love and if you ask me you’ve got a winning combination.

6. Faking Perfect by Rebecca Phillips

30th June 2015

This book sounds really appealing, there’s a sort of love triangle which I’m now okay with, and lots of drama and baggage that Lexi keeps hidden.

5. Sophomore Year Is Greek To Me by Meredith Zeitlin

21st April 2015

Everything about this book appeals to me, the cover (which I adore), the premise (which sounds hilarious and intriguing) and the fact it’s set in Greece. I’m looking forward to reading this, it sounds like the perfect holiday book.

4. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

12th February 2015

My Heart and Other Black Holes sounds like a really poignant novel, and if my experience with John Green and Perks has taught me anything, it’s that I love this kind of book. This sounds like the kind of book you read in one sitting, alone and with chocolate for support.

3. Anne and Henry by Dawn Ius

Expected 2015

This book has already been featured in one of my Waiting On Wednesday posts, so I couldn’t not include it. I love history, so this modern twist on Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII sounds really intriguing.

2. The Revenge Playbook by Rachael Allen

16th June 2015

This book sounds really entertaining and funny, I read and loved Shut Out by Kody Keplinger, The Revenge Playbook definitely sounds similar so I’m sure I’ll love it!

1. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

12th February 2015

This book sounds so incredible, I cannot wait to read it! I fell in love a little bit when I read the description, it sounds so promising and amazing. I love an alternate world fantasy novel, Red Queen definitely fits in this genre and I’m so excited to get it!

So those are the ten debut novels that I’m eagerly anticipating in 2015. Did any of these books make it onto your lists? I’d love to know which books you picked, I’m always looking to add more to my ever growing TBR pile! If you’re new to the blog then make sure you follow me on Bloglovin’!

Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Bringing This Year

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.
10. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This sounds like a heart-warming coming of age YA that I’ve heard a lot of good things about, so obviously I need it.

9. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Because I adored Fangirl so much that I just have to read more by Rainbow Rowell!

8. Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

Falling Into Place sounds like a really interesting book that I’d definitely like to read!

7. The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project is a such a heart-warming book, I loved Don and Rosie and can’t wait to read more of their story.

6. Exquisite Captive by Heather Demetrios

I love a good YA dystopian book, so I’m hoping Exquisite Captive is in my sack on Christmas morning.

5. Girl Online by Zoe Sugg

There’s been quite a bit of uproar surrounding Zoe and her debut novel Girl Online, but honestly I don’t really care. Girl Online sounds really fun and right up my street and I’m really wanting to read it!

4. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner

I can’t put into words how much I LOVED The Maze Runner, the ending left me needing to read on.

3. Shopaholic To The Stars by Sophie Kinsella

I have read all of the previous Shopaholic books and they all sit proudly on my bookshelf, so when I heard there was going to be a new one I got pretty excited. The Shopaholic books are perfect for Christmas time, they’re laugh-out-loud fun!

2. Trial By Fire by Josephine Angelini

I discovered this book in Waterstones, read the blurb and fell in lust. The main character, Lily Proctor, lives in Salem. There are horrible creatures called Crucibles. My inner fangirl for The Crucible nearly exploded.

1. The Kiss Of Deception by Mary E. Pearson

This book sounds SO good! I love dystopian books, and I need my next fix!

So these are all the books that I hope Santa brings me. What books would you love to get from Santa? Let me know!