TOP TEN TUESDAY – AUTHORS I’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS BY

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is actually FAVORITE BOOKSTORES or BOOKSTORES I’D LOVE TO VISIT, but uh, I have exactly one bookstore available to me. Barnes and Noble. That’d be a boring list, so I went through the past Top Ten Tuesday topics that I never did and found one I thought would be interesting enough to do. I’m going with AUTHORS I’VE READ THE MOST BOOKS BY. Let’s see what I can come up with.

  • Patricia Briggs – 18 books
  • Jim Butcher – 17 books
  • Sarah J. Maas – 14 books
  • Brandon Sanderson – 14 books
  • Sarah MacLean – 13 books
  • Diana Gabaldon – 9 Books
  • James S. A. Corey – 9 books
  • Kevin Hearne – 8 books
  • T. Kingfisher – 8 books
  • VE Schwab – 8 books

The top two authors are up that high simply because they have both written two huge, huge, huge paranormal series. The Mercy Thompson series, and The Dresden Files, respectively. Both excellent reads, if you’re looking for something to really sink your teeth into. (This is also how Kevin Hearne popped onto the list — he wrote The Iron Druid Chronicles, and that’s a lengthy series as well!) The rest, well, I love their work.

What author have you read the most work by?

Just a reminder, I’m on vacation this week — I won’t be blog hopping! I’ll catch up when I’m back next week. 🧡

BOOK REVIEW: HEARTBREAKER BY SARAH MACLEAN

the book cover for Heartbreaker by Sarah MacLean
  • STAR RATING:  Four and a half stars
  • PAGE LENGTH: 391 pages
  • DATE PUBLISHED: August 23rd 2022
  • PUBLISHER: Avon
  • WHAT SERIES? Hell’s Belles
  • WHAT BOOK DO I START WITH? Bombshell
  • HOW MANY BOOKS IN THE SERIES? 4
  • CONTENT WARNINGS: Sexual content
  • IF YOU LIKED THIS, TRY:  Literally any of Sarah MacLean’s backlist, particularly the Bareknuckle Bastards series

SYNOPSIS

New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean follows her highly acclaimed Bombshell with Heartbreaker, featuring a fierce, fearless heroine on a mission to steal a duke’s secrets…and his heart.

A Princess of Thieves

Raised among London’s most notorious criminals, a twist of fate landed Adelaide Frampton in the bright ballrooms of Mayfair, where she masquerades as a quiet wallflower—so plain and unassuming that no one realizes she’s the Matchbreaker…using her superior skills as a thief to help brides avoid the altar.

A King of Reputation

Henry, Duke of Clayborn, has spent a lifetime living in perfection. He has no time for the salacious gossip that arises every time the Matchbreaker ends another groom. His own reputation is impeccable—and the last thing he needs is a frustrating, fascinating woman discovering the truth of his past, or the secrets he holds close.

A Royal Match

When the two find themselves on a breakneck journey across Britain to stop a wedding, it’s impossible for Clayborn to resist this woman who both frustrates and fascinates him. But late-night carriage rides make for delicious danger…and soon Adelaide is uncovering Clayborn’s truths, throwing his well-laid plans into chaos…and threatening to steal his heavily guarded heart.

Ugh this was so good. I love a Sarah MacLean novel (minus one, but I won’t name names) and Heartbreaker is no different. Take a delightfully stuffy duke who reminded me of Henry Cavill, and the queen of the cutpurses, and mash them together in a road trip of sorts, and you get….well, you get a wild ride of a romance novel. I really, really loved this, and I think it’s in part because I loved the Duke of Clayborn so freaking much. Seriously — I could have inhaled this in a matter of hours if I didn’t have to do my job.

I love, love, love big strong, stoic men who just turn absolutely feral when they meet the love of their life. That’s Clayborn to a T. He does literally everything in his power to make sure that Adelaide stays safe — even when she’s trying her best to keep him safe from her past. He doesn’t care in the slightest where she’s from, as long as she’s his. He’s got a deep voice, he’s big and muscly, has a perfect face, and has a habit of saying, “Hmmm,” when he’s thinking of rather naughty things he wants to do with Adelaide. (Anyone else picturing Cavill now??) The whole of Heartbreaker is a seriously swoony affair.

Adelaide, however, frequently drove me bonkers. She spends a great deal of the novel believing herself to be not good enough for Clayborn. DESPITE him telling her over and over again that he doesn’t care where she was born, who she was born to, or what she’d done in her past. It doesn’t matter to him! He loves her as she is! But she doesn’t take his word for for 99% of the book — so we’re regaled time and time again with paragraph after paragraph of her woe-is-me-ing about this. I could have done with like…80% less of this, personally. But she eventually does figure out that Clayborn is telling her the truth, and well, the rest is history.

There are some seriously steamy sex scenes, too, because MacLean is an absolute master of her craft. You’re in for a treat if you love historicals. I can’t recommend her work enough.

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WWW WEDNESDAY — SEPTEMBER 14

Morning, my lovelies! We actually got a decent night sleep last night, so we’re all thrilled over here. Will slept THROUGH the night and didn’t fight us going down, either, so all in all a good night. This morning, we’re doing great, too! I hope you all have a great Wednesday! Half way through the week!

This meme is hosted by Taking on a World of Words. It’s super simple — all you do is answer the following questions.

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m about 20% of the way through Heartbreaker and just as I suspected I would, I’m loving it. I just love MacLean’s historical romances so much. I think I’ve read just about all of hers, honestly. I finished up The Kiss Curse yesterday, which was absolutely adorable. My full review will be up tomorrow afternoon. Next, I think I’ll dive into Hex Appeal, which is an ARC I just got last week!

What are you currently reading?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – SCHOOL FREEBIE

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is a SCHOOL FREEBIE. I went with books that are set in or around schools, colleges or universities!

Of these, Well Met, The Raven Boys, and A Discovery of Witches are my favorites. Which one would you like to go to school in? I think I’d pick time-travel study from Oxford in To Say Nothing of the Dog, myself.

TOP TEN TUESDAY – IDK MAN, MY BRAIN IS BROKE.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. The topic this week is COMPLETED SERIES I WISH HAD MORE BOOKS, but uh, my brain is literally not working so I instead made you a very pretty rainbow of book covers. Enjoy.

I’ve read all of these BESIDES The Kiss Curse, which I am getting to next month! (I recommend all of these, too!) I’m blaming my lack of coordination and thought on the fact that Will woke up at 3, and would only try to sleep while I was singing to him. So I sang ‘This Old Man’ for an hour, and he finally fell asleep. ANYWAY, I’m brain dead, tired, and just want to go home. Have a post, my friends.

TOP TEN TUESDAY – BOOK COVERS THAT FEEL LIKE SUMMER

Good morning, my darlings. I hope today is treating you right so far! It’s Tuesday again, so that means it’s time for another TOP TEN TUESDAY, which is probably my favorite book meme that I do.

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is BOOK COVERS THAT FEEL LIKE SUMMER. This was relatively easy for me – apparently blues, teals, and bright yellows equal summer? Who knew!

I’ve read and enjoyed most of these! Have you read any? Which one was your favorite? Alternatively — what’s your favorite summer activity?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – ANTICIPATED BOOKS FROM SECOND HALF OF 2022

Hi everyone! I hope you had a good holiday — if you celebrate / happen to be American / happen to have July 4th off. I wouldn’t say we celebrated — we were just outside all day to my toddler’s extreme happiness. Now that we’re all exhausted from being in the sun, well, here’s my Top Ten Tuesday post!

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS COMING OUT IN THE SECOND HALF OF 2022. That’s a mouthful of a topic this week, but one that’s rather easy to fill out, honestly.

Most of these I haven’t read yet, but the first three I have! My review for The Undertaking of Hart and Mercy will be out later this week, so keep an eye out for it. I absolutely adored that book. I’m stupidly excited for The Lost Metal — it’s a Sanderson book set on my favorite world of his! And don’t even get me started on A Dowry of Blood. I’m desperately hoping for an ARC of it, still, but who knows. I probably won’t get one. The rest of these books, well… I’M JUST REALLY LOOKING FORWARD TO THESE, OKAY? Do we share any of the same books? Let me know!

TOP TEN TUESDAY – COMFORT READS

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is COMFORT READS.

There are certain books I turn to when the world seems bleak, and when everything seems absolutely awful. These books either remind me that everything will turn out alright, or they distract me and let me escape from the grim news of the day. That’s not to say these books don’t have sad storylines, or have reminders that all is not well. It’s more these books are like climbing into your own bed at night — familiar and comfortable. I’ve read all of these books more than once, and well, I’ll keep coming back for more.

Do we share any of the same comfort books?

TOP TEN TUESDAY – QUOTES ABOUT LOVE

Morning. [grumbles] Can someone, anyone, tell my son that he can sleep right through three am without waking up wailing? Poor baby is waking up really whiney and won’t go back to sleep without a big bottle. He’s a year old! He shouldn’t need to eat at night anymore. 😦 ANYWAY, onto my sleep-deprived post…

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s topic is a QUOTE FREEBIE. Sooooo, because I have a million of these saved — I’m doing quotes about love.

the book cover for The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

“When the day shall come, that we do part,” he said softly, and turned to look at me, “if my last words are not ‘I love you’—ye’ll ken it was because I didna have time.” — THE FIERY CROSS by DIANA GABALDON

The book cover for Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

“I could recognize him by touch alone, by smell; I would know him blind, by the way his breaths came and his feet struck the earth. I would know him in death, at the end of the world.” — SONG OF ACHILLES by MADELINE MILLER

the book cover for Shadow of Night by Deborah harkness

“In every moment, for the rest of my life, I will be choosing you.” — SHADOW OF NIGHT by DEBORAH HARKNESS

The book cover for The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

“I have tried to let you go and I cannot. I cannot stop thinking of you. I cannot stop dreaming about you.” — THE NIGHT CIRCUS by ERIN MORGENSTERN

The book cover for Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

“The moment you first called me a prick, my fate was sealed. O, fathers of my bloodline! O, ye kings of olde! Take this crown from me, bury me in my ancestral soil. If only you had known the mighty work of thine loins would be undone by a gay heir who likes it when American boys with chin dimples are mean to him.” — RED, WHITE, AND ROYAL BLUE by CASEY MCQUISTON

the book cover for A Marvellous Light by Freya Marske

“You look like a Turner painting and I want to learn your textures with my fingertips. You are the most fascinating thing in this beautiful house. I’d like to introduce my fists to whoever taught you to stop talking about the things that interest you.” — A MARVELLOUS LIGHT by FREYA MARSKE

the book cover for To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis

“And kissed her for a hundred and sixty-nine years.” — TO SAY NOTHING OF THE DOG by CONNIE WILLIS

The book cover for His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman

“I’ll be looking for you, Will, every moment, every single moment. And when we do find each other again, we’ll cling together so tight that nothing and no one’ll ever tear us apart. Every atom of me and every atom of you…We’ll live in birds and flowers and dragonflies and pin trees and in clouds and in those little specks of light you see floating in sunbeams…And when they use our atoms to make new lives, they won’t just be able to take one, they’ll have to take two, one of you and one of me, we’ll be joined so tight…” — HIS DARK MATERIALS by PHILIP PULLMAN

The book cover for A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

“I was his and he was mine, and we were the beginning and middle and end. We were a song that had been sung from the very first ember of light in the world.” — COURT OF MIST AND FURY by SARAH J. MAAS

the book cover for Brazen and the Beast by Sarah macLean

“It had been three days since she’d left him alone in his home, having destroyed it with the specter of her presence. He couldn’t do anything in the house—not eat or bathe or light a fucking candle—without thinking of her. Without reliving her, smelling like almond cakes and looking like sin. ……..So, he hadn’t gone home in three days.” — BRAZEN AND THE BEAST by SARAH MACLEAN

What are you favorite quotes about love? Share them below, I seriously want to read them.