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top ten book problemsTop Ten Tuesday: Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

  1. When good books have ugly covers. This makes me so sad when it happens. I want books that are amazing to also have amazing covers! I do judge books by their covers so sometimes I just think about how there might be all these great books out there with ugly covers that I'll just never read because I wouldn't touch those covers with a ten foot pole.
  2. The opposite is also terrible: when books I don't like have gorgeous covers. This also makes me sad because THE BOOK DECEIVED ME WITH ITS BEAUTIFUL COVER. HOW DARE IT.
  3. Hardcovers. ): ): Why. They're big and clunky and heavy to carry around. They're expensive. And when books have hardcovers you always have to wait ages for paperbacks to come out. Thankfully most of the time these days you can get ebooks but when a book only has hardcover and no Kindle edition??? I'm just like WHYYYYYYYYYY. Admittedly hardcovers can also be super pretty which also just adds to the problem. I want them and I can't have them.
  4. Related to #3, why do some books never seem to get paperbacks at all???
  5. When I notice a book is on sale and I think about whether to buy it and I decide not to because although I'm kinda interested in the book, I'm not 100% sure about it. And then later my interest for the book surges but it's not on sale anymore. ;____;
  6. Related to #5, this is why more often that not when I notice a book I'm kinda interested in is on sale, I buy it. Then I realise that I'm only still kinda interested in the book and there are too many other books I want to read way more. So all these books that I bought just sit around waiting forever, gathering dust. Oops. At least they were on sale?
  7. I don't actually have a permanent bookshelf for my books – I move house a lot and I live in quite small flats with very little space for anything, so when I finish reading a physical copy of the book, I either bring it back to Hong Kong to put it in a cardboard box to store away, or I give it away to someone else. I really wish I could just keep all my beautiful books on a shelf forever to stare at them adoringly and also so I can take nice pictures of my bookshelf and books, but alas. I will have to wait until I graduate uni and get a job and live somewhere more permanent.
  8. I forget what happens in a book way too quickly. This is partly the reason why I wanted to start a book blog, because I thought writing reviews might help me remember what happens in a book more easily. But nope. I read back on reviews I wrote last year and I'm like... I BARELY EVEN REMEMBER READING THIS BOOK?? This happens even with books I claim to really love and give five stars to. Even just a couple months later I'm like... Er. Why did I give five stars to this?
  9. Related to #8, I keep looking at my past ratings and wanting to change them, probably because I forget so easily what made me love a book so much or even just like it. I know that no one would really care about my ratings so long after the fact but for some reason I care.
  10. Finding the time to read. This is a problem I'm sure we all share. I just wanna read allllll the books. ): ):
What book-related problems do you have? Do you share any of mine? Feel free to link me to your TTTs!

ten ten things i want more of from romances

Top Ten Tuesday: Hosted by the Broke and Bookish!

  1. LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIPS. Oh my god, I really really want more books which explore long distance relationships. Positive portrayals would be especially nice!
  2. Kinda related to #1: Relationships which develop through online and/or epistolary forms of communication. So letters or emails. Texts might work but they might be a bit too short. Anyway, I just want characters who fall in love despite not seeing each other in real life, or at least not seeing each other that often. Crazy by Amy Reed and Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli are two great examples of relationships developing through emails!! I LOVE BOTH OF THESE BOOKS A LOT.
  3. Obviously, more development in general would be great. I think part of the reason why relationships that develop through emails can work so well is because they definitely have to DEVELOP. They have to reveal things about themselves to the other person in these emails or else these emails would have no content at all. So it's not just two characters who meet each other and swoon a lot over the other person immediately and suddenly they're like OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU even though they know nothing about each other.
  4. More diverse romances. I want more diversity in books in general obviously but this particularly applies to romances. I wanna see more Asian girls and guys in romances! There's a very noticeable lack of them in contemporary. Yes, I will definitely read Jenny Han's To All the Boys I've Loved Before. I bought it on the Kindle recently. Got any other recommendations?
  5. MORE KISSES. More steamy scenes. More sexy flirting and more characters who obviously enjoy sex and really want to have sex with each other. I just find sometimes I'm reading a YA book and I'm just like... are you even physically attracted to him/her?? I'M NOT FEELING THIS AT ALL.
  6. Polyamory. I want characters who love and have a relationship with more than one person at the same time and recognise that that can work and be a good thing as long as there's communication and honesty and trust! I hear Hannah Moskowitz is writing a polyamorous YA and I'm REALLY EXCITED. I've also heard that there's one YA series that apparently ends in polyamory but it's kind of spoilery to say which series it is so... Um. Not saying. Plus I haven't read it myself yet.
  7. REINCARNATION. I WANT MORE REINCARNATION BOOKS ABOUT CHARACTERS WHO LOVE EACH OTHER IN ALL PAST LIVES AND ALL FUTURE LIVES AND ahhhhhh. I have so many feelings about reincarnation. The Next Together by Lauren James is coming out this September and it is about reincarnation!!! I AM SO EXCITED.
  8. But even though I love these epic sprawling SOULMATES FOREVER romances, I also love more realistic romances that acknowledge that it's probably not going to be forever. If the characters are in high school, I really want more self-aware characters who don't just think, "WE'RE GOING TO BE TOGETHER FOREVER" but who love each other a lot and want to be together but who realise that they don't know what the future holds. They might worry about it a lot, or they might not.
  9. Related to this, I want more break-ups. Break-ups of relationships that really meant something, that take characters a while to get over. Usually when there's a break-up it happens prior or at the very beginning of the book and/or the characters always seem to get over it magically quickly. Where are the break-ups that take characters the whole book and beyond to get over?
  10. Books which portray established relationships would be great too. Couples who have been together already for a while before the start of the book, and the honeymoon period has faded and they're starting to face the real problems of staying together rather than simply getting together. Because there's loads to explore there!

Top Ten Books Haven't ReadTop Ten Tuesday: Hosted by the Broke and the Bookish!

Sometimes I see people talking about a book and I'm just like, HOW HAVE I STILL NOT READ THIS YET. I have plans to read most of these books. At some point. I own three of these already, and I own the sequel to Cinder even though I don't own Cinder yet. Oops.

And actually I own like two copies of The Book Thief and I got about a third of the way through it once but it didn't seem like my type of book at that time. That was years ago though, back when I was like 13 or so? I can't remember. That book came out so long ago.

So anyway, here is a list of ten very hyped and well-loved books that I have just somehow not got round to reading, but I will try to one day read them all!

top ten books i can't believe i haven't read

  1. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
  2. Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson
  3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  4. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater
  5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
  6. Divergent by Veronica Roth
  7. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  8. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
  9. The Winner's Curse by Marie Rutkoski
  10. Legend by Marie Lu
Feel free to all yell at me about how much you love these books and how I should read these books already!And link me to your TTTs!

Top Ten Book Club
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I must admit, I found this week's topic really difficult. I've never had a book club! I don't know what I'd want to read with a book club. What kind of book club would I like? I thought about it for ages and then I thought... I guess I should have a LGBTQ YA book club! So here we are. LGBTQ YA book club time.

Three Books I Haven't Read Yet

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So... These three are queer YA books that I've been planning to read for ages but haven't yet managed to get round to. I think if I had an LGBTQ YA book club to kick me into reading these books I would definitely finally read them and probably enjoy them a lot! Thankfully, Cayce put up a post for people who are looking for someone to buddy read LGBTQ books with! So maybe I finally get round to reading at least one or two of these.

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1) A Darker Shade of Magic by V. E. Schwab: LONDON URBAN FANTASY WRITTEN BY AN AUTHOR I HAVE ALWAYS WANTED TO READ BUT HAVEN'T YET (this will become something of a theme in this post). AWESOME COVER. Just. AWESOME EVERYTHING. I LOVE LONDON URBAN FANTASY STORIES!!

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