Top 10 Tuesday: Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters EVER

Good afternoon, peeps! I feel very rant-y this week, so I decided to leash it all on my Top Ten Tuesday theme, haha! So, turn on your rant-y vibes, because I’ll complain my heart out! Hahaha

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As you may know, this meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish =D My theme today is Top Ten Most Frustrating Characters EVER! In no particular order, let’s talk about those people 😉

~I do apologize for all the people that love those characters; this is only my opinion and doesn’t mean that yours is wrong in any way! This post was made with entertainment purposes only and I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings~

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Top 10 Tuesday: Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings

Good afternoon, peeps! Today I won’t provoke almost you all with the delightful summer temperatures I’m experiencing during my vacation #sorrynotsorryforthebrag, haha!

This Tuesday, I felt like analyzing some of the books’ sceneries I’ve been seeing. I’m an eternal rebel, so my theme for the day is Most Vivid Book Worlds/Settings!

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As you may know, this meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish =D

In no particular order, let’s talk about setting and bookish worlds that are just too liveable! #that’snotaword

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This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours! #booktag

Good night, lovely people! I was going to bother you all only tomorrow morning, but as Beth, from Betwixt The Pages, so kindly reminded me three times, she tagged me on the This is My Genre, Tell Me Yours! #booktag =D If you don’t know Beth yet, you totally need to #justsaying, so go check her own post and blog here, please! She rocks all the right books and jams ❤ Beth, once again, thank you for the tag!

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  • Credit Drew @ TheTattooedBookGeek as the creator of the tag, either use the created tag name graphic or create your own and link back to the blog;
  • Answer the questions;
  • Tag as many people as you want!

QUESTIONS

  1. What’s your favourite genre?

I’d say romance, but that’s a lie. I could say historical romance, but that is also not right. The truth is I’m picky with both, so I’ll just stick with the universal truth: gay romance. If we’re talking about a good and sugared gay romance, then I’m in heaven.

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  1. Who’s your favourite author from the genre?

I hate when I have to choose among my children, but if for some monstrous reason I got stuck reading the same author forever and ever, it would be Ava March. She’s my goddess on earth and she knows it. Or at least she should, as I’ve been bothering her by messages on Goodreads and e-mails since I was 17 – I’m 22 today, so the math proves how much patience Ava has with me, haha! Seriously, ALL HER BOOKS ROCK. I should know, as I have read them all. #psychotic #Ilovetoohard #sorrynotsorry

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  1. What is it about the genre that keeps pulling you back?

This question actually needs to be answered in three parts, if you all don’t mind lol Dear Annelise, of course we mind! Do you think we don’t have anything better to do than to read your babbles?

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Sorry, I’m still answering it on three parts, please bear with me ❤

Part I: Historical Romance

Since I was a child, I’m a sucker for historical romances, especially the ones set in London, 19th century. At first, I only knew the heterosexual romance world – which I love dealy to this day – and what keeps pulling me back to it is to be able to see how you can find ways to rebel even when society is against you. To see how people behaved and how difficult everything was back then – can you imagine being hungry and not knowing how to turn on your own stove to bake yourself something? I honestly can’t and that’s why I keep coming back to this genre. I love to see how people were able to live and be happy with way less. How much simpler things were. If they had good toilets and tampons, I’d totally go back in time!

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Part II: Gay Romance

I have such a fondness for LGBT love in general because I feel this is the last true social barrier for a relationship to actually work. If I’m reading contemporary romances and it is all about the couple getting together with some insecurity drama to it, I just don’t feel like reading it. I don’t see a valid problem, you know? But a LGBT couple has yet to deal with a lot of shit from society – many times, from their own homes. This sense of forbidden love makes me pin harder for them, in hopes that, one day, those labels won’t matter anyone and love can be truly free.

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Part III: Historical Gay Romances

After Greeks and Romans turned into History [haha], pretty much all relationships posed challenges. The taboo levels varied according to the times, but no couple was safe – I hope you are seeing a pattern here, haha! On the 19th century, people loved to think they were oh-so-civilized and modern, but relationships were still very complicated. Nobles and servants together? Nope. Peasants and nobles? Nope. Royalty and beggars? NOPE. Birth itself was a barrier and there were serious punishment for marrying off your social position. Now, imagine the taboo levels for two men in love with each other when they can barely choose the women to hold their hearts? I FAINTED.

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  1. What’s the book that started your love for your favourite genre?

gravitationI’ve been a book lover from the crib, with no particular trigger to my adoration. However, what truly awakened the gay romance lover in me wasn’t a book, but a manga series called Gravitation, by Maki Murakami. To be honest, it isn’t even that good, but I didn’t know it was a gay romance when I first bought it and started to read it. I was 13, I think, and totally ignored the big +18 on manga covers since I was 8, so you can imagine my face-fall as I reached volume 2 and the male protagonists had sex. I wish I could have a gif of that moment, it was priceless, haha! I already had a soft spot for beautiful bffs males, so the thing just naturally evolved and officially got out of control as I entered college and met J. L. Langley’s books. Life as I knew back then was over, hahaha!

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5. If you had to recommend at least one book from your favourite genre to a non-reader/someone looking to start reading that genre, what book would you choose and why?

Actually, I have already been there with Jess, from the Mud and Stars! If you want to immerse yourselves on the wonders of historical gay romance, I must recommend you All In With The Duke, from the goddess Ava March! It’s simply the best historical romance of my life. I hope this is reasoning enough, but in case it isn’t… Here’s my review for it!

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I miss my pretty Instagram pictures #justsaying

 

  1. Why do you read?

Why do I breathe? Why do I eat? Why do I sleep? All those questions have the same answer: despite being highly enjoyable, I NEED TO DO IT, LMAO. Books are my safe heaven, the hobby I hop on when I’m tired, bored, happy, sad, excited, hopeful, in need of a hug… Books are my life. I actually own more books than clothes and shoes put together, haha! (Just to clarify: I’m only talking about physical books. Don’t even get me started on the digital shelves, haha!)

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George R. R. Martin definitely rubbed on me, I can’t even make a tag post something short… Sorry, guys! For this one, I’ll tag…

Amanda, from the Cover2CoverMom

Jess, from the Mud and Stars

Because I’m really sure they are ok with tags, but anyone is welcome to do it! You can even say I tagged you on your post =D Jess and Amanda, please don’t feel obligated to do this if you don’t feel like it ❤

I guess that’s it, people! Hope you found this post where I just talk about my royal panda self all the time interesting ❤ What is your favorite genre?

With love,

assinatura

Top 10 Tuesday: Debut Books

Hello, world! I’m alive and awake, so let’s party hard!! Hope everyone survived this Tuesday – I could barely keep my eyes open. If this post sounds weird, it’s because I’m overly tired and writing with only one eye half open ;D

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It’s Tuesday, so it’s Top 10 Tuesday day! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and my theme today is Debut Novels. I wouldn’t be able to pic only 10 favorites so far in 2016 anyway, I’ve read 129 so far. Please give me a break, haha!

Best debuts in this particular order:

 1) The Bound Series, by Ava March

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A Goddess was born at that moment.

 2) The Tin Star, by J. L. Langley

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An obsession was born on my part.

 3) Chasing Rainbows, by Linda Oaks

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It’s still hard to believe that this was Linda’s first book!!

 4) Shattered Blue, by Lauren Bird Horowitz

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This woman ruined me for fairies: she did them so perfectly that I doubt I’ll ever see such good Fae books around, haha! #dramatic

 5) Cemetery Tours, by Jacqueline E. Smith

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I already feel that a re-read is in order, this whole series is too awesome! But Jacqueline is all awesome, so…

 6) Emerge, by Tobi Easton

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BEST MERMAIDS EVER!!!

 7) Sigmund Shaw: A Steampunk Adventure

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My current favorite steampunk novel ever!!

 8) Of Poseidon, by Anna Banks

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My first mermaid book ❤

 9) Painting Sky, by Rita Branches

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I still can’t believe my eyes, this book was so intense!

And the mention of honor…

10) Harry Potter

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No words needed, right? Right.

Thanks for reading! Can’t wait to see what everybody is posting today 😀 Do you have a favorite debut novel??

assinatura

The Book Theme Meme | Emerge, by Tobi Easton

Hi, there! Good morning, hope you are hanging there on this Monday 🙂

Several weeks ago I stumbled on a very sweet meme created by Lila, from The Bookkeeper’s Secrets, called The Book Theme Meme. Long story short, you have to select a book and pair it up with a theme song 🙂

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I usually don’t have musical themes for books, as it’s rare of me to spend time reading the same book to the point that I can select songs for it. I know it sounds awful, but what can I do? Haha!

However, sometimes coincidences happen and I stumble on songs that are the face of my current read. That’s the story of Emerge, by Tobi Easton, and I Want You, from Blake Lewis ❤ But let’s talk about the rules for the meme, shall we?

~> Link back to the originator (Lila @ The Bookkeeper’s Secrets);

~> Choose a book or series;

~> Choose a song that you feel represents the book (fyi: it doesn’t have to have words, it can be classical or score);

~> Tell us what about the song reminds you of the book. Is it a particular lyric/s? Is it the general feeling of the song? Explain a little.

Now that everything is clear, let’s get back to my chosen book and song!

There was I, reading Emerge, by brilliant Tobi Easton (review here!), and listening to my iPod on my living room, when I Want You starts to play.

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from my Instagram 🙂

For you guys to understand a little, let me describe the book for you:

Lia is literally a fish out of the water. Being a teenager is complicated, but being a teenager that is also a mermaid – and one that has never lived on the sea – is way worse. She can’t even confess to her high school crush, Clay Ericson, and tell him how handsome his smile is, as he is a human. Never mind the fact that her parents want her to fit into the human world, Lia still is forbidden to date one.

For one year, Lia was in control of her emotions. She put distance between herself and Clay, focused on studying and keeping her legs firmly on the ground – literally. She wasn’t happy, but wasn’t unhappy either, as this is just how things are for her race since the disaster with The Little Mermaid. Yup, that one.

Until Mel becomes the new girl and an octopus on Clay, with her hands and body all over him. It’s beyond painful for Lia to watch them together, but there is nothing she can do to compete with a human girl… Which Mel totally isn’t.

Over Lia’s dead body that she will allow another mermaid to play with Clay’s feelings.

The war is on.

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And here you can listen I Want You, from Blake Lewis (ignore the video, it’s fanmade).

Now you have background, let’s talk about the song:

When I touch you, there is no more hurting

We’re more than lovers freezing time

Bound together, bodies resonating

Getting louder as we climb

‘Cause you and me

We break the laws of gravity

And I, I believe

You’ve been waiting for too long,

so give in to your fantasy

I want you, you burn into me

Your taste runs through my mouth

I want you, lost in ecstasy

You shiver as I’m going down…

You move like honey as you brush against me

Your body language sends you off

You whisper closely, baby wont you hold me

So I’ll never let you go

‘Cause you (’cause you), and me (and me)

We break the laws of gravity

And I, I believe

You’ve been waiting for too long,

so give in to your fantasy

I want you, you burn into me

Your taste runs through my mouth

I want you, lost in ecstasy

You shiver as I’m going down…

That’s basically the song. As you can see in AZLyrics, he repeats the bridge and chorus one more time, but here I already have enough to work with, haha!

This song translates completely how Lia and Clay feel about each other. Lia has denied herself the pleasure of being with Clay in all kinds of sense for so long that, when she has the chance to touch him and be with him, she loses it. I can’t give you detailed info because, hello, spoilers, but trust me. Also, their romance breaks so many laws in Lia’s world – and in Clay’s world too, if we consider that mermaids shouldn’t exist – that breaking gravity’s law would be easy to add to their infractions’ list, haha!

And, most important: every time Lia and Clay were together, they felt complete, whole. As if a piece of them was put back where it belonged. Oh, and there is the matter of Blake Lewis’ voice and Samantha Jones’ back vocals. This song has all the feelings of a mermaid song and if I could hear mermen folk sing, I am a 100% that it would sound exactly as Blake Lewis does in this track 🙂

Okay, that was a lot of jibber jabber to say two things: a) READ THIS BOOK; and b) LISTEN TO THIS SONG.

Now I’m happy, haha! Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoyed my answer to this meme 🙂 I don’t think I’ll be a regular at Lila’s meme, but I’m going to make sure to always participate whenever I have the perfect song for a book!

assinatura

3 days, 3 quotes challenge – Day 3!

Hello 😀 Welcome to the last day of my 3 days, 3 quotes challenge! Once again I’d like to thank the wonderful girls that tagged me: Jeany, from jeanyjanez, and Rachael, from 3 Fates Books! I had fun choosing my quotes, hope you liked them all ❤

Da Rulez:

Thank the person who nominated you (thank you!)

Post three different quotes in three consecutive days

Nominate three new bloggers each day

DAY 3

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“He couldn’t do this – couldn’t say it out loud. Saying things out loud made them true.”

– Cicero, from Hexbreaker, by Jordan L. Hawk

You can check my review for Hexbreaker here 🙂

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Day three: check. Oh, that’s a shame that it has already ended, haha! For the final day, I tag three very cool bloggers. Don’t feel pressured to do this, I just wanted you to know that you’re cool 🙂

~> Addlepates and book nerds

~> For the Love of Words

~> Cover2CoverMom

Also, anyone else that found this cool, please feel free to say I tagged you and please leave the link to your posts here, I’ll love to see your quotes ❤ Thanks for reading!

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3 days, 3 quotes challenge – Day 2!

Hi, there! Welcome to the second day of my 3 days, 3 quotes challenge! I was tagged by lovelies Jeany, from jeanyjanez, and Rachael, from 3 Fates Books! Thanks so much, girls! 😀 (again, haha!) Let’s go through the basic procedures so I can reveal my second quote 🙂

Da Rulez:

Thank the person who nominated you (thank you!)

Post three different quotes in three consecutive days

Nominate three new bloggers each day

DAY 2

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“I suppose of the many ways to die, being done in by a big is not high on my list.”

– Davey, from The Quartermaster & The Marquis’ Son, by A. E. Kendall

You can check my review for The Quartermaster & The Marquis’ Son here 🙂

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Day two: check! One more to go 😀 Now I’m tagging some of my best online friends that also happen to be bloggers:

~> Mud and Stars

~> Vinnieh

~> Awayinneverland

Of course you guys don’t have to do it, I just wanted you to know that I love you ❤

Thanks for reading, y’all! I also love you, haha 😀

assinatura

PS: You can check Day 1 of the challenge here 🙂

3 days, 3 quotes challenge – Day 1!

Hi, there! Welcome to another Saturday with a tag, yay! I’m delighted to let you know that I was tagged on the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge by two amazing bloggers! I’m talking about one of my best online friends, Jeany, from jeanyjanez, and Rachael, from 3 Fates Books! Thanks so much, girls! 😀 I hope you enjoy my quotes ❤

Da Rulez:

Thank the person who nominated you (thank you!)

Post three different quotes in three consecutive days

Nominate three new bloggers each day

Let the challenge begin!

DAY 1

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“It’s kind of scary, telling other people what words have power over you.”

– Claudia, from Playing Defense, by Cate Cameron

You can check my review for Playing Defense here 🙂

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Day one: check. Two more to go! I’ll try to tag some of the most recent lovely people that I’ve met here on wordpress, but you don’t have to do this challenge if you don’t feel like it or have already done it before, okay? 😀

~> BOOKSTARTERFUSS

~> Captain’s Quarters

~> Betwixt The Pages

Thanks for reading, love you guys ❤

assinatura

#DustOffYourBookShelves: Murder is Easy, by Agatha Christie

Good afternoon! AFTERNOON! SECOND TIME IN THE WEEK THAT I MANAGE TO POST MY MEMES AT AN ACCEPTABLE TIME OF THE DAY!!

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Now my Thursday meme, #DustOffYourBookshelf, assumes the post, haha! This is a meme hosted by my dear friend Mandy, from The Reading Diaries. Make sure to check her blog if you haven’t ❤

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Da Rulez:

Dust off your Bookshelf was originally created to share books that have been on my “to read pile” for a long time. Some so long I’ve forgotten that they are there, and have purchased duplicate copies. Each week I will share on my blog as well as Instagram a new title. Some may be newer and some so old I have forgotten they are there. I do have issues with buying books and never reading them. I’m hoping that by share them I will be motivated to read them. Plus it’s always fun to find new books hiding within the bookshelves. Feel free to join in and share on Instagram or your blog. Just let me know so I can check out your choice this week too. Just use #DustOffYourBookshelf

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Since I was born, I have to live with Agatha Christie in my face. My mom is a big fan and has ALL the woman’s books. ALL OF THEM. Sometimes, as a young child, I’d run around the house to call on my mom and be welcomed by one of Agatha’s book covers instead of my mom’s face, haha! So it was something so daily for me that I never thought of actually picking her books up to read. Does that make sense? Haha!

But then my offline bestie Jen started reading her books and told me how wonderful they were and I selected one to try my lucky with the Queen of Murder and Mystery. I chose Murder is Easy 🙂

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from my Instagram 🙂

summary

On her way to Scotland Yard to report several murders in her village, an elderly woman encounters retired policeman Luke Fitzwilliam. He dismisses her ravings about the murderer finding it easy to kill, as long as no one knows who he is–until two more killings occur, one of which is the old lady’s. Previously titled Easy to Kill.

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But the thing is, I chose it so many years ago and it is still sitting on my TBR shelf, haha! I don’t really know why, oops!

That’s it, thanks for reading! Do you like Agatha Christie’s books??

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books that made me cry

Hi, there! Good AFTERNOON! I DID IT, IT IS ON TIME AND EARLIER! I DESERVE A BIG HIGH FIVE!

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Ahem.

It’s Tuesday, so it’s Top 10 Tuesday day! This meme is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish and my theme today is Books that Made me Cry because I can’t seem to follow everyone else and do the right theme of the week lol

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So, I’d like to start this post by saying that I usually don’t cry reading. No, I haven’t got an heart of ice or anything like that. I just purposefully avoid reading books that I’m sure that will leave me utterly miserable and struggling to keep breathing between my sobs.

You see, when I was 14, I had a severe case of depression due family problems. One of the things that helped me going back on track and learning how to cope with my mind was reading – a pastime that has accompanied me since my birth, may I add. Ever since, I started to avoid obviously sad books like The Fault on Our Stars and such. It’s nothing personal, it is just one of the things I had to do to keep myself sane at the time and it is a habit that stuck up. I can deal with some depressing parts in a book, sad moments and deaths. But downward tragedy all the time hits too close to home, so no, thanks 🙂

All that being said, I still cry in books, a lot! And not only tears of sorrow, so I divided by ten books by type of crying – because I’m that much of an organizer freak 🙂

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 1) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

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This was the only purposeful sad book that I read knowing that it may end badly and I don’t regret it. I read it on 2007, when I was 12 or 13, and it was a recommendation of a sales’ guy from one of my favorite bookstores at the time, so I loved it. I don’t see myself re-reading it, though.

 2) The Last Olympian, by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson #5)

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You know, the series was ending, one of the most awesome characters died and I was feeling too overwhelmed by all the twists and awesomeness. And I still didn’t know that The Lost Hero was a kind of sequel to Percy Jackson series lol

 3) Daughter of Darkness, by L. J. Smith (Nightworld #2) [REVIEW HERE!]

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Again, the fault is on the twist in the end. There isn’t anything downward sad about this book, but I thought the choice of the protagonists so tragic, brave and beautiful that it got me tearing up a bit for their destiny. Again, no deaths, no tragedy. I JUST FELT LIKE CRYING, I’M A REBEL!

Agony tears

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Since I watched Into The Woods, I was DYING to use this gif, haha!

4) All In With The Duke, by Ava March (Gambling On Love #1) [REVIEW HERE!]

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Yes, you have read it correctly. My diva, my muse, made me cry. I just couldn’t see a happy ending for Max and Tristan in the first time that I read this book and I WAS DYING. Sometimes, I still cry near the end, haha!

5) Cambridge Fellows series, by Charlie Cochrane

Honestly? I don’t even know why I kept reading this series for so long. Despite being an historical gay romance series, the writing style wasn’t my cup of tea, the characters were pretty shallow and the drama got heavier and heavier. I lost count of how many times I was reading this as I was on my way to college and I started to weep in pure agony for the main couple. I just wanted to grab Charlie by her shoulders and shake her until she came back to her senses and stopped that madness, haha!

Frustration tears

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Fun fact about me: when I’m very sad, I grow quiet and simply won’t speak or do anything. I become numb. When I’m angry or frustrated to hell, I cry like there is no tomorrow. Therefore, these next books got more tears than the sad books did, haha!

 6) What Lies Within, by James Morrison [REVIEW HERE!]

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I really liked this book, but I was so overwhelmed when I got to the end and there were some mysterious lose ends that I broke. I started crying and screaming and swearing, haha! After a calming shower, I couldn’t stop saying to whoever wanted to hear how good and awesome and badass this book is, haha! Strong emotions lol

7) The Heir, by Kiera Cass (The Selection #4) [REVIEW HERE!]

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I almost began crying in frustration in the middle of chapter one, when I realized how Eadlyn and I wouldn’t get along. AT. ALL. And yet, Kiera Cass was forcing me to put up with the brat using my love for The Selection and for America as an excuse. Eadlyn drove me so mad that there were a lot of scenes that I read while tearing up in pure and simple frustration. I can’t wait for the nightmare to be over in The Crown

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its so beautiful

8) Chasing Rainbows, by Linda Oaks (The Chasing Series #1) [REVIEW HERE!]

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This book was Linda’s debut and my first from her. I was so surprised to see her beautiful writing style, so impressed to see how much Linda seemed to understand me and how much I connected with Addie, the main character, that I found myself emotional in like 60% of my reading time. I took notes of quotes and felt tears down my cheeks. Super cheesy and super true. Just read this book – or any of Linda’s works, really – and you will understand.

9) After Death, by Jacqueline E. Smith (Cemetery Tours #3) [REVIEW HERE!]

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Jacqueline’s writing is a piece of art by itself, but there was a scene near the end of this book that was my undoing. It was so emotional, beautiful and meaningful that I started crying and wouldn’t stop, haha! I just wanted to hug my iPad and never let go 🙂

Last, but not least…

PERFECTION TEARS

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I searched my brain aka my goodreads read shelf for another case of perfection tears, but I think it only happened once so far.

And the Oscar goes to…

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10) CARRY ON, by Rainbow Rowell! [REVIEW HERE!]

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This was the first and only time that I cried because of over perfection. And I’ve read my fair of books for someone of only 21. I scared my best friend, her maid and her mom with my crying crisis and book hangover after Carry On was over. I simply couldn’t, I needed more, that was too perfect to end. AND I SWEAR THAT THE END IS SWEET AND HAPPY AND CUTE! I’m the weird one that cries over… Perfection, as it seems.

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I know, I know. That’s why I’ll just thank you for reading and stop writing now, haha!

Do you also categorize your types of crying over books? 🙂

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