Top Three Wednesday: Romance Novels

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Hi! I am back with Top Three Wednesday! Today is all about Romance novels (a genre I really really love! Probably my favorite genre of all, I’m hopeless romantic like that, so deal with it, haha)

So my top three would be a no brainer. If you have been following me on Instagram, you probably know by now how obsessed I am over these books.

1. This is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson

This one still holds the number one spot. I just love this book so much I cannot even tell you the full extent of it. I loved it so much I skipped class just to finish it (if you have been my classmate in law school, you’ll understand the gravity of this, I don’t miss classes except when I am too sick, so yeah). Haha those are good times. This book is so well-written, the characters relatable, the plot will simply draw you in. It was one of the books I had a hard time putting down. Oh what I would trade to read it for the first time. Some found it dragging, or the pacing too slow, but for me it was just perfect – just what the whole story required. It was also heart wrenching, I cried buckets! You can check my review here.

I highly recommend this one to all the hopeless romantics out there. This book is just for you, you wouldn’t want to miss this one out. I wouldn’t want to go into much details, I want you guys to experience it yourself, then come back to me and talk about all the unsettling emotions, prepare a tissue please!

Here are some quotes form the book:

I believe that love is an overwhelming, all-consuming force, and when it’s genuine you can’t really ignore it. No matter how long it takes. It knocks down your door by force. It keeps you awake at night. It plagues your thoughts and burn your soul. If it is love, they won’t need me at all. By telling my daughter that the man of her dreams loves her too, would I not be getting in the way? Meddling with fate?”

It must be difficult loving someone that much and having to pack it away into a little box and pretend it isn’t there’
That was a very good way of describing it. A little box. Packed full of love. Love that I had never really been able to express, so it was banging away at the sides and screaming to be let out.
‘Yes it has been. And really, it’s a little box I carry everywhere with me, because I guess the love never properly goes away.”

 

2. The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

Oh boy! This book is a whole lot of another story. This book ripped my heart out, crushed it beyond recognition. I swear I needed a new heart after I read this one. The whole series was my favorite, but among the three this one holds a special place in my heart, I could identify with the main character in a lot of ways. Their love story was not the typical kind, it was full of complications, making the story so captivating, it will grip you like a vise. You can check my review here.

Here are some quotes from the book:

“You can only give your heart away once, after that, everything else will chase your first love”

“I think that after the first time you give your heart away, you never get it back. The rest of your life is just you pretending that you still have a heart.”

 

3. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Ahhhhh! This book is currently my favorite Colleen Hoover novel. This book is not your typical love story, it is not the mediocre kind. It was well-executed and the plot perfectly laid out. It will give you that warm and fuzzy feeling in the end. And yes read it whilst listening to the playlist, you’ll appreciate the whole novel even more. You can check my full review here. 

Here are some quotes from the book:

“How ever, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.”

“We try so hard to hide everything we’re really feeling from those who probably need to know our true feelings the most. People try to bottle up their emotions, as if it’s somehow wrong to have natural reactions to life.”

 

So there you have it guys, my Top Three Romance Novels. 🙂 I didn’t put much details on each book, to avoid spoiling you guys. 🙂

Please feel free to do this Top Three Wednesdays with me! Next week we will talk about Most Read Authors! It would be exciting!

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Bookish Bucketlist: Meet Tarryn Fisher and Colleen Hoover

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It was my first time attending a signing event. Yes despite the fact that I love books so much and it would have been lovely to meet every author behind one of my favorite books, I didn’t have the chance to actually attend one before. It’s either because of time constraints or I had a prior commitment or all the unnecessary dramas in my life (*insert adult life here*). But when Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher announced last year that they will be going here in the Philippines, I just knew I could not miss it for the world.

When did it all start?

Let me tell you first how I came to know about Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, it was 3 years ago I was itching to read something romantic and light to tide me over the day, if I remember it correctly we had a class suspension due to typhoon, I was in law school then. And when you are in law school, there is hardly a time for pleasure reading. We were bombarded with legal provisions and recent jurisprudence that we barely keep our eyes open. So whenever there will be class suspensions, we do everything non-law school related. Yes we don’t study all the freaking time, as opposed to what over-achievers portray haha. We do have some down time too, so we maximize it as much as we could while we could. And so because I wanted to read something non-law school related I chanced upon The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher. The blurb got me interested, I was hooked from the very first page until the last and boy did I bawl like a baby towards the end. The book shredded my heart into pieces. There is no exaggeration here, after I finished the book I was just staring at my wall contemplating about how unfair life is then, yes more crying. It was that one book that made me cry like that aside from This is A Love Story by Jessica Thompson. It was truly the ugliest cry. So what do you do when you love a book by an author? Read all the rest. Back then the only ones published were The Opportunist and Dirty Red. Oh boy, oh boy Dirty Red was quite a read and I hated Leah for the most part but I loved how Tarryn played Leah’s character, it was so effective you’ll hate her. Then after a year The Thief  the last book in the Love Me With Lies series was published. I read it immediately, I wanted answers of course I wanted Caleb and Olivia to end up together. It wasn’t the kind of happy ending everyone is accustomed to. It was more like a realistic ending which I really loved.

Now how did I discover Colleen Hoover? Again it was one of those days when we had a suspension of classes. She only had three  books published then Slammed, Point of Retreat and Hopeless. As I am not really into series those times I chose to read Hopeless which was a standalone then. My three roommates and I had a readalong. And ahhhh I was not prepared for that twist! Dean Holder was so dreamy and I cried buckets too. It was so dark and too sensitive a topic but Colleen did it justice. So from then on I knew Colleen Hoover will be a staple in my reading life.

The Signing

As I’ve mentioned it was my first time to attend a booksigning. I’ve heard the horrors and dos and donts. So I think I prepared for it. I met up with my bookish sisters Janna, Jovel, Arra and Lei then at the location met two new friends Tin and Angela. Of course met up with two fellow admins of Bookish Pinoys – Elena and Pam. I left my place around 5am since I was told there are many people already. I was there at the mall by 6am. Made it to no.98 on the list. So everything was smooth sailing. 10 am would be the official start of registration. And as hours pass commotions here and there sprung. Especially about the list and all. But everything worked out fine I guess.
Upon registration i got no.110 from 98 which obviously someone cut the line but we didn’t bother arguing about it since we are already there and what difference will it make, really?
At 2pm the event officially started. Also saw alot of bookstagrammers (Colleen, Be a, Abby and Ella) but was too shy to approach them.
When Christine, Tarryn and Colleen made their appearance, everyone, yes including myself, went batsh!t crazy! They talked about their writing style, what is the inspiration behind their stories. I nearly cried when Tarryn Fisher admitted that Olivia was her or at least a part of herself and he isn’t with the real Caleb now. I admired her even more for that. She portrayed all her characters in a flawed persona yet vulnerable and relatable just how it is supposed to be. I love how realistic it all was.
They were each asked love advice, and what stuck to me was what Colleen Hoover said “Never settle.” Ahhh everything was so surreal!!!
They also announced some exciting news. Tarryn is coming up with a new book with the title F*** Love I am sure that it will be a book that will rip my heart out. Also Never Never 3 will be out January of next year! Also the newest book of Colleen Hoover November 9 will be out this November, it is about two persons who meet up every 9th of November and the story kind of revolve around it. It sounds exciting as it is. I can hardly wait.

Talking to them and giving them hugs
So it was my turn to actually get my books signed and have a mini chitchat with them. I first met Colleen Hoover who immediately asked how I was which I promptly answered good and excited. We didn’t talk much. I was tongue tied, but had the guts to ask for a hug in which she immediately obliged. Ahhh I was fangirling so much.
Then it was my turn to talk to Tarryn. Ahhhh she is my spirit animal, my unicorn – my person. I was literally shaking. I mentioned that I will be taking the bar exams and wanted to be a badass lawyer like Olivia, this made her smile. She said it is great and wished me luck. And even asked what would I specialize on, I immediately answered Civil and Criminal. And she said those are great choices. Ahh I could talk to her forever!! I asked if I could hug her and without even second thinking she hugged me tight. It was such a wonderful experience. I cannot explain it!!! Ticked off an item on my bucketlist!!!

The whole event was tiring yet so worth it. I wouldnt have it any other way.

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Here are some pics with the beautiful and friendly bookstagrammers I met there.

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L-R (Elena @thequeenreads, Pam @phamtasticreads, me, Lei @lei_reads, Jovel @travelthrubooks, Arra @arrabelreads and Janna @bibliophile.mom) It was really fun seeing them

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L-R Arra, Janna, Jovel, Angela @angelareads_ and Tin @thebookmaiden. Enjoyed their company, making the whole ordeal bearable 🙂

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Till next signing girls! I miss you all already!

Can’t wait for the next signing and experience it all over again! Everything was so worth it. My fangirl self is beyond happy!

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher: Book Review

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Synopsis: Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning.
He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget

Date Published: January 8, 2015

Date Read: January 13, 2015

Publisher: Hoover Ink

REVIEW

The ending gave me the chills.

Being a big fan of Tarryn Fisher and Colleen Hoover, of course I could not pass this one up. I knew I had to read this book as if my life depends on it. I just knew it would be nothing short of amazing. I have to be honest, that when I learned that it will only be 140 pages long (or short for that matter), I was a tad bit disappointed, but I overlooked that fact and proceeded to read the book. The blurb was so vague, kind of reminded me of We Were Liars and that was what intrigued me the most. I played out too many different scenarios as to how the story will unfold and none of it matched what transpired in the book. The book was very odd – good odd. I loved that I was as clueless as Silas and Charlie and all throughout the book I had this default expression of “What.The.Fck.Is.Going.On.”. I had all these crackpot theories as to why something like that happened to them, alien invasion, or they were drugged the night before or their fathers did it to them, or they were cursed and the long ridiculous list goes on. Nearing the end I was hoping the book would shine some light on what was happening, but it ended into a freaking cliffhanger and we have to wait until May to find out what actually happened. It somehow gave me the Mara Dyer feel to it, I liked it and hated it at the same time. Why must Colleen and Tarryn do something so wicked??

It is the book that you should read not knowing anything about it and if anyone asks you what it is about, say something else. Let them suffer the way you did. 🙂

Rating: 4 stars

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.”

The Opportunist by Tarryn Fisher

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Synopsis: Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

Date Published: November 14, 2011, 278 pages

Series: Love Me With Lies

Date Read: April 2013

REVIEW:

        “You can only give your heart away once, after that, everything else will chase your first love.”

Heart-wrenching to the core. I cried buckets over this book, the feeling was highly proportional to the feeling of break-up. I literally needed a new heart because my current heart seemed to stop functioning because of all the unwanted emotions that I have been having. This book my friends will shred your heart into unrecognizable state, then pulverizeit after and let it be blown with the wind knowing for sure it will never be the same again.
Crying-spree. I was crying my hearts out until 3am in the morning and woke up with puffy eyes. This book is just so packed with all the story that will get you hooked up to the very end. Though it is not as long as other novels, but all the important details are there perfectly written. I highly commend Tarryn Fisher’s writing skills, it was brilliant. This will definitely not be the last book that I will read of her. But I cannot jump immediately to the second book Dirty Red because I am still too emotional over The Opportunist.

Why does a great love have to be so complicated? What I liked most about this book is the fact that it depicts a figment of reality. It says that not everything is meant to happen, not everything will end up the way we planned it in our heads. But fate has its funny way, even ridiculous way of showing what might have been, and that’s how this book got me. That no matter how you resist things you thought you are better off, it will come back like a boomerang. This book tugged every heart strings, including those that I didn’t even know existed. I am so glad I have read this book, it taught me so much about life and love.

My Rating: 5/5 stars

“I think that after the first time you give your heart away, you never get it back. The rest of your life is just you pretending that you still have a heart.”