Discussion: The Best Ways I Define Favorite Genres

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Discussion: Best Ways I Like To Define Favorite Genres


It’s a truth universally acknowledged that we bookworms want to obtain all the books. Or I hope this is true, otherwise it’s just me, and that’d be awkward. (Please tell me I’m not alone in this!)



The problem with these bookworm obsessions is that sometimes collecting books means we pick up a book based on one of two things.

1: Cover Art | If you’re anything like my, this is a big motivator. After all, this is always our first impression, and it’s this which lingers. If nothing else does, often I’ll remember a book from its cover

2: Hype | Sometimes even the best of us get roped into the hype of a book whether it’s the readers “cup of tea” or not.

Today I thought I’d talk a little bit about my philosophy of knowing our favored genres. For the past 5+ years, I’ve made a conscious effort to only collect books that seem like they’ll be my jam. Despite this effort, in the last 6 months, I’ve again made a re-commitment to try and hone in on the books that “feel” authentic to the kind of reading I love.

*says the girl who buys used books for Bookstagram photography*

Of course, there is always a chance educated guesses will disappoint, but that’s a risk I’m willing to take. Recently I’ve noticed it’s harder and harder for me to find books on Amazon, at Barnes and Noble or when collecting a list of books for booktube videos (for example when I create content for anticipated reads). I’m hoping this is because I’ve honed in on the genres that best suit me and is not due to a lack of published tomes!

Below I share a few of the best methods, ways and tips I use to help define my favored genres.

1: KNOW your Reading Preferences | Of course this goes hand in hand with today’s topic. But it’s so helpful once you “learn” what type of book you best love. There are millions (billions?) of books in this world, and of those books, a very small percentage (in the scope of the books out there) will be your kind of read. No one needs this permission, but this is okay. There’s nothing wrong with clinging only to the reads you like.

Sometimes this means I turn down review offers, and there’s no shame in this. Just as there’s no shame in not signing up for all the book tours or opportunities that pop up in our inbox. Once upon a time this was a real struggle for me, and one I don’t feel I struggle with nearly as much today. To pace ourselves (for the sake of our blogs and our sanity) is a good thing.

Knowing what genre you like best is THE best bookworm feeling. Whatever it is, it’s OK not to like all the genres. For example, I adore contemporary fiction. Most people don’t. They want a fantasy novel or a historical read. No matter what your genre is, own it and love it.

2: KNOW the Genre & the Details | This one is definitely a personal measure by which I judge a book’s likability. Another way that helps me make judgments is the publishing house. Yes, publishing house. I find if a book is published by a publisher I’ve read a lot from, I’m more likely to click that little “add to cart” button.


Publishers I often trust are Bethany House, Blink, HarperCollins (and its divisions), Random House, Revell, and Simon Teen. Under these publisher emblems I’ve often discovered books that suit my reading preferences so well.

Of course, I also consider the genre.

3: KNOW what Makes You Happy | Just living life has challenges, which is why my philosophy is to read what makes me happy. I’m not against philosophical, biographies or books about Christian living (at all), but I also live life and I know about its challenges because I’m living it.

Right or wrong, this is why I read what makes me smile, laugh, and yes, experience that HEA. Life’s too short to force one’s shelf through a book you a: aren’t enjoying or b: cannot connect with. I’ve been there, done that.


Whatever your preference is (no matter the genre, author or non-fiction vs. fiction), that’s what you should read. If it’s a blend of things, that’s wonderful. I don’t exclusively read contemporary fiction, and within that mix, I enjoy different genres. It’s just that the genre I enjoy the most from is contemporary. Then there’s the YA market, which I also read despite being way past the target age.

Why do I read them? Again we circle back to the prime reason: because they make me happy. (Also, upcoming is a blog post or video that defines my way of using the term “guilty pleasure reads.”) Today, that’s a life commodity that in my view isn’t a bad thing.

These are the simple ways I like to define what makes a favorite genre – and how I put them into practice to help in my reading choices.

Tell me, do you notice it’s more difficult to find books of interest? Do you work to discover which books or authors most suit your reading tastes? How do you read – what methods to you employ to help you choose books? Leave all the book talk thoughts below. 

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Top Ten Tuesday | Sweet Novella Stories Sure to Impress

Monday, July 16, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | 9 Sweet Novella Stories (Sure to Impress)

Hey, happiest Top Ten Tuesday. Today’s theme is all about the “short and sweet.”

That Artsy Reader Girl July 17: Favorite Novellas/Short Stories


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Because of the topic, I feel like it’s best to be all about the “short and sweet” intros and reasons. Until recent years (“recent” being maybe 2-3 years) I rarely, if ever, read novellas. But then friends began self-publishing and to begin their journey into publishing, they penned novellas. Of course, knowing this, I was ready, willing and excited to give these books a fair chance.

From this experience, I’ve discovered some sweet and even some emotionally complex stories packed in these small packages. The tales I collected below feature historical stories, contemporary tales and of course, a romantic-comedy (or two). I’ve read most of these, but there is one on this list that sits on my shelf unread (but in fairness to me, it’s a new addition).

In keeping with today’s theme, we’ll walk through these stories with “short and sweet” thoughts. Let’s have a look.

1: This Quiet Sky by Joanne Bischof | Bittersweet and sad, this novel is beautiful. Amazon | Goodreads

2: The Perfect Arrangement by Katie Ganshert | Romantic-comedy bliss a-la You’ve Got Mail. Amazon | Goodreads


3: Dancing with the Prince by Kennedy Larsen | This one sits on my shelf unread. But as I said, it along book one (what!? I *had* to feature this one because 1: the color theme is pink and 2: I prefer its softer appearance) a new addition. Amazon | Goodreads

4: Love in Three-Quarter Time by Rachel McMillan | If you like intellectual romances set in foreign (aka stunning) locales, this contemporary adult novella is your perfect match. Amazon | Goodreads



5: As Easy as Riding a Bike by Bell Renshaw | More romantic-comedy bliss! This one is all about the small town lovin’ and romancin’. In other words, it’s a delight. Amazon | Goodreads

6: How a Star Falls by Amber Stokes | One of my best blogging friends, Amber has released a handful of sweet novellas (contemporaries and historical reads). Among them is this new adult romance – plus you can read her just-released companion story to this one, or her spin on the Sleeping Beauty fairytale! Amazon | Goodreads


7: The Girl Who Could See by Kara Swanson | Unique and fast-paced, this novella story is a kind of sci-fi tale that works in some cute romantics. Amazon | Goodreads

8: If Ever I Would Leave You by Susan May Warren | It may be the shortest book on this list (not sure because I didn’t fact check), but this novella is beautiful, and serves as an excellent tease for this couple’s full-length love story. Amazon | Goodreads


9: Then Came You by Becky Wade | This is actually one story I’ve re-read. If you’ve read some of my prior posts, you know re-reading is not something I often do. But this one I have experienced in two different story mediums (written and audio), and both were enchanting. Amazon | Goodreads

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
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What are some of the short or novella stories you've read and liked? As always, I'd love to read about your recommendations - and am curious: have you read any of these? Tell me what you dislike vs. like about novellas! Make yourself a bowl of ice cream (because it's National Ice Cream month), and share all the bookish thoughts below.  

If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.

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Amazon #PrimeDay 2018 | ALL THE BOOKS!!

Hey, readers and friends! Today I'm dropping by with news of a little sale. A sale that's tied in with the popular Amazon Prime Day! Which if you've been on Twitter or listen to the radio, then you likely know the sales begin today.



Though I haven't seen any dynamic book sales (as if this will stop me from ordering some - and then promptly share them in my July book haul video), Amazon always has amazing book prices (and sometimes an awesome steal of a price). Bonus, if you have Prime, these pretty books can be in your hands in 2 (business) days! Small though that is, it's kinda awesome too. Bonus!! Many of Amazon's prices (at time of posting) are darn good prices/deals - practically steals!

*As I always say, I have not read all of these, so while they are listed below, I don't necessarily personally recommend them all. Those I do love/have read will be marked so.

(Please note: This post does contain affiliate links. If you purchase anything through these links - at no extra cost to you, I'll receive a small commission. Read the disclosure page for details.)


Here's a just a few books you could snag, you know, if you're looking to add some new books to your shelves. I've collected hot-off-the-press releases AND as usual, some oldie favorites I talk about all the time. So grab a cup of joe, or glass of ice tea and browse the wide selection of awesome (aka books) on Amazon. Let's have a look at what I feature.


(Oh, and if you like e-readers or Kindle check out the Fire HD 7 or Fire HD 8! Both are currently - at time of posting - on an awesome sale. PS: Did I mention I love my Kindle fire?!)


Zenith by Sasha Alsberg and Lindsay Cummings
Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
Fawkes by Nadine Brandes 
(haven't read this one, but the reviews are GLOWING!)

    

Velvet Undercover* by Teri Brown


Brightly Burning by Alexa Donne 

Unblemished* by Sara Ella (★★★★ Review) | Unravelling* by Sara Ella (★★★★½ Review) | Unbreakable by Sara Ella | The Unliklies by Carrie Firestone



    

To All the Boys I've Loved Before* by Jenny Han | My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton and Jodi Meadows | Everless by Sara Holland

Olivia Twist by Lorie Langon  

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord | The Start of Me and You* by Emery Lord )(★★★★★ ReviewWarcross* by Marie Lu | Wildcard (Preorder) by Marie Lu | Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Anna and the French Kiss* by Anna and the French Kiss 
My True Love Gave to Me (Edited by Stephanie Perkins): Novella Collection


Save the Date by Morgan Matson | Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan | From Twinkle with Love by Sanhya Menon | Archenemies (Preorder) by Marissa Meyer

Cold Shot* | Dead DriftSubmerged*, all authored by Dani Pettrey 


The Bronte Plot* by Katherine Reay  | Dear Mr. Knightley* by Katherine Reay

Ash Princess by Laura Sebastian | The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows | Geek Girl* by Holly Smale  | Hello, Goodbye and Everything In-Between* and Windfall, both authored by Jennifer E. Smith | When Trains Collide by Amber Stokes | Through Waters Deep* by Sarah Sundin


Her One and Only* by Becky Wade | Meant to Be Mine* by Becky Wade
True to You* | Falling for You*, both authored by Becky Wade

Wild Montana Skies* by Susan May Warren
Just Let Go* | Just Look Up, both authored by Courtney Walsh

 

all authored by Mary Weber 



all authored by Kasie West 

(* = I've read and thoroughly enjoyed these!)
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Could I add more to this list? Of course! But if I don't stop now, I'll be here all night. 

What grand discoveries (i.e. DEALS!!) have you made this Prime Day? Drop a comment and let me know what you've found and if you're shopping for books (*ahem* like I am). 

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland

Booktube Talk | The Mid Year Freak Out Tag, 2018 Edition

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Booktube Talk | The Mid Year Freak Out Tag, 2018 Edition 

Hey, bookworms and readers. As we like to do around here, today, I’m breaking up a popular book tag (despite it being late) for our topic. I’ve seen The Mid Year Freak Out Tag working the blogosphere as well as booktube, and thought Finding Wonderland should get in on the fun.

What surprises me most as I put this tag together was how few books I’ve reviewed this year. Like, why? I’m not sure if this is a good thing or bad thing. I’m hoping it’s a good thing and something that suggests I’m actually finding my reader groove and not overloading myself on books.


(This post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I'll receive a small percentage of the sale. Read the disclosure page for details.) 


As is the case with Finding Wonderland’s “mid year” last year, we join the fun late. 

Nonetheless, we’re rebelling and still taking part. Here’s how Finding Wonderland’s version of the popular tag goes down. Without further rambling, let’s jump into our topics.

Booktube Talk | The Mid Year Freak Out Tag, 2018 Edition 

1: Best book you’ve read so far in 2018 | I'm not sure. One of the best books I've read in 2018 is Courtney’s Walsh’s Just Let Go

3: New release you haven’t read yet, but want to | Um, better question is, what new releases – plural – haven’t I yet read!? *smile* 

Just a few on my shelf: Save the Date (Morgan Matson), Listen to Your Heart (Kasie West), Dead Drift (Dani Pettrey), From Twinkle with Love (Sandhya Menon), and many more!

4: Most anticipated release for the second half of the year | Do I have to say? *asks in a whiny little kid voice* I mean, really! There are SO many. So, I’m not going to say just one (and since the question is there), here we go…

Wildcard (Marie Lu); Sons of Blackbird Mountain (Joanne Bischof)... and more that I'll be talking about in my upcoming Anticipated Reads (July - December) video.
  
6: Biggest surprise | Though I don’t know why I am because I’ve always heard amazing things about her books, one of the books that still surprised me is The Saturday Night Supper Club by Carla Laureano. It’s a rich, complex contemporary story that I think is interestingly timely. Though I don’t agree with everything, it’s still a lovely, and engrossing read. Where’s book two?

8: Newest fictional crush | I also answer this on my booktube channel, but I thought I'd also talk about a different fictional crush... because, is there any such thing as too many literary crushes!? One of my 2018 fiction crushes is Brady Benson from Just Let Go

9: Newest favorite character | Hamlet (as mentioned in my “fictional crush” answer) or Olivia Twist from the novel (of the same name) by Lorie Langdon. I loved Olivia’s fierce aptitude and determined nature. Oh, or there’s also Grady and Quinn from Just Let Go… basically, there’s more characters to mention than we have space for.

10: Book that made you cry | I don’t think there’s been a book lately that’s made me cry, but if there is one that could or did it’d be Things I Never Told You by Beth Vogt.

11: Book that made you happy | You guys know the answer to this one, right? It’s going to be Kasie West’s P.S. I Like You and Love, Life and the List. (Because these are the two by her I’ve read – so far – in 2018.) Her books never cease to make me smile. Basically, her books should own the “cute” definition in the dictionary!



12: Favorite Book to Film Adaptation | Is it weird that I choose the titles of books I haven’t read? *shrugs* The two I’d pick would be The Kissing Booth (a YA lit Netflix adaptation) and Little Women (adapted by Heidi Thomas for PBS and BBC).

13: Favorite Post You’ve Done This Year | I’ve enjoyed the chance to put together many of the posts that have seen publication on Finding Wonderland. This is why I guess I’ll say one I recently posted about“spring cleaning” the blog. Why is this my pick? Because it was fun, and also I’d really like to create more discussion-esque posts.

Q's Answered on Booktube

2: Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2018 | 5: Biggest disappointment | 7: Favorite new author (debut or new to you) | 14: Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought this Year | 15: What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of The Year 
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Which stories, books or author is captivating you in 2018 or who are you crushing on? Have you read any of these? Do you plan to? What is making you freak out with your reading and bookish plans? Comment down below… we all understand.

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Falling for You – Charming Contemporary Romance at its Best

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Book Review: Falling for You by Becky Wade

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ABOUT the BOOK
Author: Becky Wade
Publisher: Bethany House
Publication Date: 2018
Series: Bradford Sisters Romance, book 2
Genre: Fiction; Contemporary Romance
Source: Author (Publisher) and TLC Tours – thank you!
FIND the BOOK ELSEWHERE: Amazon | Goodreads
FIND the REVIEW ELSEWHERE:
Amazon | Blogger | Goodreads | Wordpress
Rating: ★★★★

THE STORY | Willow Bradford lives a charmed life. It’s a life she’s been happy in, but personal regrets follow her. On a sabbatical from her jet-setting career as a model, Willow enjoys being home in Washington unaware that her past is about to revisit her.


That past is in the form of the infuriatingly handsome Corbin Stewart. A former NFL player, Corbin has also found his way home again, and to her surprise, Willow finds he’s different. Once upon a time the two of them shared a whirlwind romance that was perfect, or so it seemed.

Now, as both hearts heal from the past – and present, Willow must decide what’s more important; to follow her heart, or keep a promise.

REVIEW | As is the truth of each of her stories, the talent of Becky Wade’s pen never ceases to impress and entertain. The second novel in her recent (and ongoing) series, Falling for You is another gem to be valued. If there is a noticeable departure Falling for You takes from its predecessor (True to You), it’s that the emotional takeaway isn’t quite as complex. Nevertheless, this story is still lovely.

Sprinkled with mystery and romance, the story balances the two nicely, though if I’m being honest, I was mostly here for the romance. Those who aren't romantic suspense fans need not fear, any mystery does not overpower anything. Beyond this, the story touches on many things. From the bonds between sisters to the pain of having to say goodbye to a loved one, this novel suffers no shortage of the emotion gamut. Each of which are issues that the author weaves together with fun insights, and dignity.
“Home was God. Home was the people He gave you to love while you were on this Earth.” - Becky Wade, Falling for You
The characters are likable, and as usual, the romance swoony. Willow’s a strong leading lady who is adept being alone, but also knows how to let someone else help. Her inner workings are more of a mystery, but in some small way, relatable. One portion of the novel explores Willow’s thoughts and fears, and in one aspect I relate to what she feels her persona must be. Something that’s also interesting to experience (how we relate to a character.) Then, there’s a noble hero, and of course, Willow’s sisters make an appearance. What’s so fun is the snippets we glimpse of youngest sister, Brit, whose story is next to release.

With its portrait of elegance, which perfectly captures the essence of Willow, Falling for You is sure to delight any fan of Becky Wade. Anyone who likes True to You (or any romance lite book alike it – such as Melissa Tagg or Denise Hunter) will want to pick up a copy of Falling for You with haste. Inside these pages there's a story sure to charm for days. 

(Content note: there is talk of a past relationship that became physical, but nothing graphic.)
  
Sincere thanks to the author, publisher, and TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of this book; all opinions are my own.

Book Giveaway | Win Becky Wade's Latest Romance!

Coming to you today with another giveaway. 

Other than celebrating an amazing hew read, and the fact that I have an extra copy, there's no rhyme or reason for today's giveaway. Plus, I did just finish today's giveaway feature, so there is that, too. 

BOOK REVIEW | Falling for You – Charming Contemporary Romance at its Best



Up for grabs is the latest from the talented pen of Becky Wade, Falling for You. If you've read any of Becky's prior novels, this one is sure to delight fans again. Oh, and have I mentioned what is, perhaps the best part of today's giveaway? I have not one, but two paperback copies to give to TWO of you, amazing friends and readers. 

You can read the details about this novel below, and if it sounds like a must read, you're invited to join the giveaway fun. 

SYNOPSISWillow Bradford is content taking a break from modeling to run her family's inn until she comes face-to-face with NFL quarterback Corbin Stewart, the man who broke her heart--and wants to win her back. When a decades-old missing-persons case brings them together, they're forced to decide whether they can risk falling for one another all over again. - Goodreads

(This post does contain affiliate links; if you buy anything through these links, I'll receive a small percentage of the sale. Read the disclosure page for details.) Amazon | Goodreads
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And now let's get those annoying rules and regulation details out of the way. 

The book will be a paperback prize, and is open to U.S. READERS (or those who can have this one sent to a U.S. address)
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Top Ten Tuesday | 5 of the Best 2018 Reads

Monday, July 9, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday | 5 of the Best 2018 Reads

Hey, bookworms! As it happens every week, it is again Tuesday, which for Finding Wonderland means one thing: a new Top Ten Tuesday edition. Here’s our challenge:

That Artsy Reader Girl July 10: Best Books I’ve Read In 2018 (So Far)



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Here’s a secret. I wasn’t going to join this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. If you wonder why (and I suspect that’s only important to me), it’s because this was a throwback topic and well, I just wasn’t “in” to putting one of those together. Plus, as I so often need to remind myself, sometimes it’s OK to skip out on content when the week needs a breather or life needs to slow down. In fact I promised myself I wouldn’t change my mind after deciding to skip.

But then I saw Jana added today’s topic from as throwback to a favorite reads topic, and I was like, “but… I can totally join that.” Needless to say, my to-self promises hold no weight.

(As a side note, at the end of every year, Finding Wonderland makes a “deal” out of our favorite books of 2018, which is why I like to kind of wait and “hide away” my favorite books until the end of the year. But as of now, these books, have made an impression on me.)

So as a compromise I decided to do an abbreviated version of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday meme, and not to rush it, but rather to have fun! That’s the goal, so with all that nonsense out of the way, let’s have a look at five (thus abbreviated) of the books that have made an impression on me in 2018.

Top Ten Tuesday | 5 of the Best 2018 Reads (AKA 5 Books I’ve Liked In 2018 – So Far)

1: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo | This one was a little bit different than my expectations (i.e., by the synopsis, it reads more like a YA romance than it really is), but I did really enjoy this one! It's all happiness and joy, plus Hamlet? I kinda' love him. Amazon | Goodreads

2: Falling for You by Becky Wade | Just finished this one (like this seeming "just finished"), and ohmygosh! Guys, it's magical. The only thing clouding my enjoyment? The fact that this one came out in May and I still haven't reviewed it!! That's the sign of a bad blogger. BUT, on the upside, for U.S. readers, I have not one but two paperback copies that are looking for a new home! Check back this week because the giveaway is happening this week. Amazon | Goodreads 

3: Just Let Go by Courtney Walsh | This book is insanely good! In fact, I’ve zero doubt it’ll hold up as being on of Finding Wonderland’s “Best of 2018” when it comes down to the end of the year. It’s rom-com lite, but doesn’t shy away from some deeper, emotional turmoil. In fact, as its title suggests, it’s a beautiful reminder to “let go” and enjoy life. To pause, reflect and find joy. Amazon | Goodreads
  
5: The Memory of You by Catherine West | This is the first book I read by this author, but it's a poignant and compelling read. Amazon | Goodreads

4: P.S. I Like You by Kasie West |  You knew I’d work a novel by Kasie onto this list, right? Only recently finished this one, and of course, it’s cute. I don’t want to say too much because, well… Review to come. Soonish. Amazon | Goodreads

(Yes, I realized I reversed these last two picks... ooops! We'll blame the last-minute post.)

*video publishes Tuesday afternoon; channel linked above
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This brings us to an end of my unplanned Top Ten Tuesday contribution. Despite the fact that it was thrown together, I hope it’s coherent. Have you read any of these? Are you discovering a lot of favorite novels from this year? Which one stands out as most impressive? Let me know all the bookish thoughts!

If you joined today’s meme, make sure and leave your Top Ten Tuesday links below so I can visit – or simply introduce your blog. I’d be glad to visit your bookish spaces.

Thank you for visiting Finding Wonderland.

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