Love is in the air and I’m not really sure it’s the same love that I am currently in love with. Does that even make sense you? Probably not, please let me explain.You already know that Larry is deployed. Which means there will be no romantic fun time in my bedroom tonight, or any other night unless I want to do it to myself. (I’m looking at you Bad Dragon). It’s because of that I found myself taking the extra romance that would have filled my bedroom into my very first love, my books.
Don’t get me wrong, I know Valentines Day is suppose to be the day for lovers, but who said that loves had to be real. Is it really a holiday for lovers or for love? Well, I’m alone this Valentines Day. No matter how many gummie bears I give to my daughter to cox her into behaving so we can have a mother daughter Valentines Day dinner together, she would much prefer staying home and watching Bubble Guppies on Nick Jr, than actually going out for dinner with me. I won’t admit that I am hurt that she would rather watch 3D animated mermaids than sharing a slice of pizza or a burger with her dear old mum. At the same time, I would rather sit at home and rekindle my trust love while my husband is away. That is why I am opening my doors to share with you the love of my currently life for this holiday season, the love of my library!
I love books. The proper name for someone who loves books is a bibliophile, or as I like to say an unpaid, undervalued personal librarian. I love books. I love books more than words can possible say. My love for books is so strong that I feel that with each book that I read, a little more of my missing personality is filled in with the books that I read. Piece by piece I am learning more and more about myself through the books I have read. This is why reading to me is more than just a hobby but away of learning more about myself in a thousand different journeies just within a flicker of a few pages. A flicker of a few pages you can travel the world and learn more about yourself than you ever could.
Here is a list of my most beloved books, books that helped me learn about myself in a way that I never though I could never have done without the help of these particular set of pages.
First on this list is of course The Star Touched Queen. I’ve already review this books as an ARC as well as a fully published book. At the moment I am reading the sequel which is A Crown of Wishes that will be released later on this year. I’m in love with this book. I love the story of Maya and Amar so much that I just had to read the inspiration of this story which is the romantic tale of Savitri and Satyavan, thus I bought The Triumph of Love: India’s Immortal Romance of Savitri and Satyavan by Shivdutt Sharma. If you haven’t read this book before, you’re really allowing yourself to fall in love in the most enchanting of ways.
A Thousand Nights by J.K. Johnston, is probably the best nameless protagonist that you’ll ever meet. I am in love with all things Middle East and tribal. What can I say I’m just a sucker for all things for Aladdin, and the tales of the Arabian Nights. If you’re a fan of any of the Arabian Nights tales than these few listing are just for you:
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, which is Larry’s favorite romance couple. Seriously I couldn’t be more jealous of the romantic relationship between these amazing couple. Do you want a strong diverse couple learning to love each other through a horrible murderous curse, than this couple is what you need this Valentines Day, and don’t forget to read the sequel as well, The Wrath and the Dawn and The Rose and the Dagger are a duo logy you won’t ever want to put down.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. If you ever been on my blog you already know my love for all things Rainbow Rowell and all things Levi. Do you really need me to go into detail because I’m sure you can always use the time to review this next book on our list Dumpin’ by Julie Murphy
I love this book. I love this book. I love this book. Oh, I almost forgot to tell that I really love this book. As an adult that has always and probably will always struggle with her weight, her self esteem, and of course my own identification of beauty this book is a God sent. This book is about loving yourself, falling in love, and having no room for shame!
This next book is one that’s actually on my TBR pile which were sent to me by Zoraida Cordova. I really need to read this book, it’s been on my night stand for more than 2 weeks. That’s two weeks to long! Here’s what it’s about:
Never gamble more than you can afford to lose.
River Thomas was born a wild card. Her father took one look at her and decided that his daughter would have the best poker face in the city.
But when he dies unexpectedly, River’s already dangerous life is spiraling out of control. After six months without gambling—staying away from the tables where she makes and loses her fortune—she relapses, and soon must go on the run from a guy looking to settle a score.
She wants to be better, needs to be better, before she ends up like her dad. The road leads her to rehab in Sun Valley, Montana. But first, one last hurrah, and the beautiful stranger at the bar is just what the doctor ordered. She leaves before sunrise still thinking of his face. But her last hurrah with the guy of her dreams is also her counselor for the next ninety days…
Attraction, however, is too strong a lure to ignore, and soon River finds herself gambling with the one thing she never thought she would—her heart.
The Night Circus is a book I read a long time ago but I never had the chances to received won my blog. this book is enchanting romantic, and breath taking at the same time. Just read this description and tell me if you’re not already falling in love:
The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it, no paper notices plastered on lampposts and billboards. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not.
Within these nocturnal black-and-white striped tents awaits an utterly unique, a feast for the senses, where one can get lost in a maze of clouds, meander through a lush garden made of ice, stare in wonderment as the tattooed contortionist folds herself into a small glass box, and become deliciously tipsy from the scents of caramel and cinnamon that waft through the air.
Welcome to Le Cirque des Rêves.
Beyond the smoke and mirrors, however, a fierce competition is under way–a contest between two young illusionists, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood to compete in a “game” to which they have been irrevocably bound by their mercurial masters. Unbeknownst to the players, this is a game in which only one can be left standing, and the circus is but the stage for a remarkable battle of imagination and will.
As the circus travels around the world, the feats of magic gain fantastical new heights with every stop. The game is well under way and the lives of all those involved–the eccentric circus owner, the elusive contortionist, the mystical fortune-teller, and a pair of red-headed twins born backstage among them–are swept up in a wake of spells and charms.
But when Celia discovers that Marco is her adversary, they begin to think of the game not as a competition but as a wonderful collaboration. With no knowledge of how the game must end, they innocently tumble headfirst into love. A deep, passionate, and magical love that makes the lights flicker and the room grow warm whenever they so much as brush hands.
Their masters still pull the strings, however, and this unforeseen occurrence forces them to intervene with dangerous consequences, leaving the lives of everyone from the performers to the patrons hanging in the balance.
Both playful and seductive, The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern’s spell-casting debut, is a mesmerizing love story for the ages.
Paradise Lost by John Milton is another love that book that I truly need to read. After falling in love with Cassandra Claire’s Mortal Instrument series, and learning that the series were inspired by John Milton’s Paradise Lost. I have seen so many references from this book, from music, album covers, and of course other books using it as a references for their own series. There was no many I wasn’t going to read this book for myself. What I love the most about this book is the wonderful cover. I’m not a paperback fan, instead I pride myself as a hardback whore, but of course, even I couldn’t stop the love from pouring out of my heart when I saw this amazing cover.
Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon. First of all this is Sherrilyn Kenyon, whose within herself an amazing writer of paranormal romance. I just learnt about her through the threats of my best friend. I have heard that this book is only the beginning of the Dark Walker series, but that doesn’t stop me from loving the fact that their is a hot guy stuck in a book whose willing to do all types of nasty to you when you summon him.
These two amazing novels are from Erika Johansen’s serious of The Tearling. If you want to fall in with a strong heroine, a magical adventure, of a strong cast of females surrounded my mystery while a kingdom hangs in the balances than these are the books for you!
These two books are by the lovely Jenny Han, To All the Books I Ever Loved and P.S. I Still Love You. This book is the idea “high school falling in love” romance. It’s so innocent, adorable, adorkable.
This stand alone novel is one of my husbands favorite young adult novels. It’s about two boys journey to discover themselves in the best and most romantic way. i love this book so much, that I am really surprise that it doesn’t get talked about enough. I feel like this book, Aristotle and Don’t Discovering the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell should never stop being talked about. There is a different type of romance when you’re surrounded by love. There are always some type of trouble of accepting love let alone the feeling of having love returned that just makes the best reading material, it’s also one of my favorite and first books I added to my library.
I could not talk about love without talking about Rumi is a popular Persian Sunni Muslim during the age of the 13the century, who was a poet, jurist, Islamic scholar, theologian, and Sufi mystic. With all the talk about Muslims being banned from America, it’s hard to believe that the most quoted, popular poet to date.
Here are all the books that I absolutely love!
Tell/Show me the books you can’t live without!
Happy Book Lover Holiday!