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Top Ten Tuesday | Mood Reader


Many readers say they’re a “mood reader.” I guess to some degree I probably am too. But I also have been able to refine which genres I am nearly guaranteed to like so there is less reason or chance to find a novel so I won’t have an impulse to hurtle said book across the room when I’m done with it.   

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt asks us to share some books to read if a reader is in the mood for genre X. Here’s the official topic suggestion.  

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Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X
 
As I was thinking about this topic, I was tempted to go in a variety of directions. The first of which was putting together a list of the paranormal romances I have on my shelf and asking you which I should read first. This fit because I figured it’d a.) be a list for those in the  mood for paranormal reading and b.) I was in the mood for some paranormal, I just hadn’t read any. In the end I ultimately decided to go with a mash-up. So, yes I did follow the rules in some sense.
 
The first five novels are going to be five of the most recent contemporary romance novels I read (since that is overall my favorite genre, plus fulfills the prompt to recommend novels) and the latter five will be paranormal romances residing on my shelf. But in this section I will be asking for your advice. Which of these should I be racing to read? 
 
Yes, I do realize what a strange and weird combination this is. But then, if we book nerds can’t be contrary, where’s the fun in that!?
 
 
#1. Where She Belongs by Johnnie Alexander 
 
Sweet and simple (in the best way), Johnnie’s recent Revell novel is about a young window, who is also a mother of two, opening her heart to love again. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
#2. The Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
 
A setting on Prince Edward Island makes this contemporary novel stand apart. The characters and spark fueled first kiss make it all the more memorable. (I've got a review coming to Life is Story soonish.) Amazon | Goodreads
 
#3. The End of the World by Amy Matayo 
 
Broken and shattered in a million pieces is this novel. Fortunately for it, this is also what makes it strong. For anyone who likes raw and real contemporary fiction, look no further then this new adult Indie title. It’s a masterpiece. Amazon | Goodreads 
 
 
#4. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks
 
Pretty sure this is my favorite story by Sparks thus far, though I might like the film adaptation better than even the novel. Amazon | Goodreads
 
 
#5. You’re the One that I Want by Susan May Warren
 
Ironically, this was the one novel in the Christiansen series (the sixth and final novel) I was most dreading. Having read about Casper Christiansen throughout the five preceding stories of his siblings I didn’t think there was any genuine way he could be redeemed. How wrong I was. This very possibly could be my favorite novel of the bunch. Amazon | Goodreads 
 

#6. Of Poseidon by Anna Banks
 
I've had this one on my shelf for eons. It looks interesting. Amazon | Goodreads
 
#7. Something Strange and Deadly by Susan Dennard
 
This book is definitely not my typical kind of read. But I’ve read some good reviews and heard from bloggers whom I trust that it’s a – plain and simple, really fun read. Amazon | Goodreads
 
#8. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

Sounds cute in a sassy and unusual way. Amazon | Goodreads
 
#9. The Ghost and the Goth by Stacy Kade
 
I read a review on this years ago that made me believe this novel was a must read. It was so convincing I bought a used copy on Amazon shortly thereafter. To this day, the book sits on my shelf. Why I have no excuse for. Amazon | Goodreads
 
#10. Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
 
Aside from the fact that Kiersten’s novels interest me, one of my #BookBesties (shout-out to Amber) read this and recommended it as something I might like during one of our many bookish conversations.  Amazon | Goodreads
 

If, after that bit of Top Ten Tuesday craziness, you’re still with me, thank you. I appreciate you sticking with the varying and all-over-the-place silliness of my novel picks today (I know, when speaking to their genres, they didn’t mesh). 

What are some of the books you’d recommend in these genres – and which of these YA paranormal novels do you recommend? Inquiring minds wish to know!

What genre did you recommend in your Top Ten Tuesday post today? Leave those blog links. As always, I’d love to visit.  

Thank you for visiting, book nerdigans.
 

31 comments

  1. I've become a bit of a mood reader too! This is a really interesting list. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Chrissi. I know it's a bit "messy." :)

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  2. I have a copy of Something Strange and Deadly - haven't read it yet, but it sounds great - and I would like to try Paranormalcy. :)

    Check out my TTT.

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    1. YAY! Here's hoping we both read Susan's and Kiersten's novels at some point. :)

      Thanks so much for visiting, Lauren. Off to read your Top 10 Tuesday post.

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  3. Yay for mash-ups! Those are always fun to put together. Anyway, great list and topics for this week, Rissi :) I haven't read anything by Nicholas Sparks in ages but I've been seeing The Choice around a lot lately--probably because of the movie adaptation ;)

    My TTT

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    1. LOL, I thought so good, Lianne.

      I would agree. The Choice is making the rounds because of the film. It's actually my favorite by him. Though most people LOVE The Notebook and it's one of my least favorites so I'm not sure what that says. ;)

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  4. I'm excited to read Red Door Inn and You're the One that I Want. I just can't wait!

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    1. Both are amazing reads, Dawn! Enjoy.

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  5. I've read "Of Poseidon" by Anna Banks and while the premise is interesting, I really didn't like it enough to continue on with the series. But maybe that's just me. Let me know how you find it. ^_^

    My TTT

    Obsessive Compulsive Reader

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    1. Thanks for the input! I've read books like that too. They don't suit me yet it "feels" like everyone else raves about it.

      Thanks so much for visiting. :)

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  6. Great list! I'm excited for The Red Door Inn, have had too many other review books so I haven't been able to get to it yet. The End of the World - there are no words for the amazingness.

    As for your second five, I can vouch for The Ghost and the Goth! I read it recently and it's awfully cute! The rest of the trilogy is as well. So you should definitely move it up my TBR. :)

    I'd recommend the Blood of Eden series by Julie Kagawa. It has it's gory moments, and not so easy moments, but something about the central romance hooked me. It's very different! And well written, at least in my opinion.

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    1. Too many review books? I am right there with you, Kara. I have WAY too many as well. But if the prize is discovering amazing novels like The End of the World, I'll deal. ;)

      YAY! I now cannot wait to read Ghost and the Goth. It was Ruth who wrote such a glowing review way back when so with both of you loving it, I'm all the more excited!

      You know, I've often looked at Julie's novels so I'll have to consider some of them. I have a few too many Amazon shopping sprees that one could sneak on. ;) Thanks Kara!

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  7. I like how you split up your list and asked for recs on what to read next! Paranormalcy made my list this week, and I think it's a great read! It's really funny, and I think Evie and Lend make an amazing couple :) Of Poseidon is also a good read!

    My TTT.

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    1. Also, I love the new blog design! It's super cute :)

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    2. Hooray! Another recommendation for Paranormalcy. I do believe it should be where I start my paranormal reading journey (I like the sound of an amazing couple!). Thanks, Allyson.

      Thank you! I appreciate the feedback; I'm always nervous to make "big" blog changes, so I welcome reader's input. :)

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    3. You could probably tell by our blog, but I am a huge fan of anything with flowers, so it's a huge win for me :) plus, I like the colors and how clean it looks! I get the itch to redesign our blog at least once a week, it's so hard not to always change things up!

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    4. I meant to tell you, I LOVED your blog look when I visited this week. It's so happy and cheerful. :) I like to redesign frequently too. Keeps things fresh and more interesting. At least I think so!

      (And thanks again. My one common goal is always to strive for a clean look. I like it best overall. :D)

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  8. 1) When did you change your blog name? I love it! :)
    2) I really enjoyed Where She Belongs!
    3) I have no input on the paranormal selections... sorry :-P
    4) My TTT

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    1. 1. THANK YOU, Carrie. The change is very recent (in the last week), and I appreciate your feedback.
      2. As did I! It was so sweet.
      3. No worries! I'm a novice when it comes to the genre so I thought I'd ask.
      4. Excited to read your Top 10 Tuesday post. :)

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  9. The Red Door Inn is near the top of my TBR pile--the review is due this month, so I have to get to it soon! I'm putting off reading You're the One That I Want because I've loved the series SOOOO much that I don't want it to end! I'm sure I'll enjoy the book once I get to it ... also, yes, Owen does seem nearly irredeemable, but I'm confident I'll love him by the end!

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    1. Good luck, Becky! TRDI is a really sweet read and I loved the setting. Aw, I totally get putting off a read. My mom is like that too. She enjoys trying to make something last as long as possible. I *had* to read You're the One That I Want for review purposes but even if I didn't, I don't know that I'd have held off. ;)

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  10. I haven't read any of the YA Paranormal books you listed, but I've heard good things about all of them! Paranormalcy is a book that I have been needing to read awhile now, it looks good! :)

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    1. I agree, Jessica! Here's hoping we both read Paranormalcy soon and enjoy. :)

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  11. I love The Red Door Inn! I can't wait for the second book to come out, since I feel in love with Caden.;)
    I'm afraid I can't weigh in on the paranormal reads, though I have eyed a couple of them.;)

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    1. I did too, Amanda! It was a lovely read and I applaud Liz for setting it someplace so different from the norm (at least in my circle of reads).

      No worries. Just thoughts I'd ask about some paranormal recommendations since I've hardly read any. :)

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  12. I love Paranormalcy so much. Great picks!! Here's my TTT

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    1. Yay! I'm really glad to know this - and thanks so much for your Top Ten Tuesday link, Megan. I'll be by to visit. :)

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  13. Aww mash-ups are fun! Being contrary is what blogging is all about; cause it's fun. ;)

    I haven't read You're the One That I Want yet, but this makes me more excited about it!

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    1. Right!? That's what I thought too, Faith. ;)

      Hope you enjoy You're the One That I Want. It's really sweet and entertaining. :)

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  14. I'm honored to be on this list! Thanks so much!

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    1. My pleasure, Amy. Thank you for stopping by and sharing this story with us. :)

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