Waiting For The Veronica Mars Movie? Try These Series!

Veronica Mars is one of my all-time favorite TV shows and when it was (unjustly) cancelled, the world weeped. Okay, a bit overdramatic, but I was seriously bummed. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s about a high school/college girl named Veronica who has a penchant for sarcasm and solving crimes. Adding to the mix are awesome side characters, which include smouldering bad boy Logan, faithful sidekick Wallace (who was always my favorite) and Veronica’s dad, a sheriff-turned-detective who I always thought was one of the most laid-back parental units on TV at the time.

Talks of a movie have been circulating around for years and thanks to a Kickstarter project spearheaded by the show’s creator, fans finally got their wish. In less than 24 hours the $2M goal was met surpassed, ensuring a movie to be made sometime later this year. Talk about a SQUEE moment! With more than 40k backers and counting (including myself!), this trumped the news of a new Pope (sorry, Francis), making it the most talked-about topic around the interwebs yesterday.

That said, now comes the waiting game. Even though the WB has made all three seasons available online, that still leaves a lot of downtime before the movie’s release. So to pass the time — and keep excitement levels at a steady high — I’ve listed a few series that encompass similar traits to the show for those moments after you’ve exhausted all the episodes (which I realize may hard to do). I chose series because not only am I a sucker for ’em but also because that means there’s more to gobble up while you wait — and more characters to become emotionally invested in, mwahaha!

On the off chance you’re in the minority and are not a fan (don’t even tell me if that’s true) or have never seen the show (which, if that’s the case I demand you click on the link above, STAT!), you can still enjoy these books on their own for the following qualities.

If you like Veronica Mars for the…

Mystery-solving:

Witty banter:

Kickass heroine:

Smouldering bad boy:

Now, excuse me while I shut the world out and have a VM marathon attempt to be productive for the rest of the day…

Top Ten Tuesday: Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme started by the lovely (and creative!) Jamie of The Broke and the Bookish. After following along since TTT’s inception and because list-making is a die-hard hobby of mine, I figured it was high time I made a Top Ten list of my very own! So I present to you:

Top Ten Series I’d Like To Start But Haven’t Yet

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  1. The Hathaways series by Lisa Kleypas — Confession: I don’t read historicals but I’ve been eager to fall in love with them like many of my friends have. I’ve been told Lisa Kleypas is the perfect intro to historical romance and after reading the premise of this series it seems like a great place to start.
  2. Delirium series by Lauren Oliver — After hearing the buzz about this series on Twitter, I bought book 1 when it was a $2.99 Kindle Daily Deal. Now I’ve just got to actually read it!
  3. Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward — A dark paranormal series that is sensual and brooding. As a fan of The Vampire Diaries and True Blood (the TV shows) I think I’d really enjoy these.
  4. Play by Play series by Jaci Burton — I admit, the only reason this series even made it to my radar was because of the HOT covers! Of course, after reading the blurbs and finding them interesting, now I’ve got even more of a reason to give ’em a shot.
  5. Marriage to a Billionaire series by Jennifer Probst — The Marriage Bargain was a hit from Day 1 and after hearing the success story of the author (and how it’s been optioned for film), it’s high time I see what all the hoopla is about.
  6. Adrenaline series by Vivian Arend — After reading Falling, Freestyle, I became hooked on Vivian Arend’s sexy action romances. I’m sure this new series will not disappoint!
  7. Animal Magnetism series by Jill Shalvis — I love Jill Shalvis’ voice and when combined with cute animals that are part of the story, I’m betting I can’t go wrong with this series.
  8. Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa — Another Kindle Daily Deal that I gave into. The fantasy YA genre has piqued my interest in the last few months and I really want to read these to get a taste of what fey life is all about.
  9. Psy-Changling series by Nalini Singh — After witnessing all the crazed reactions to the recent cover reveal of the upcoming book in this series (#12, Heart of Obsidian), I knew I had to give in to peer pressure and see for myself what everyone was getting all worked up about (starting from book 1, obviously).
  10. Because You Are Mine series by Beth Kery — After the Fifty Shades of Grey craze, the Because You Are Mine serial became a hit. So much, in fact, that it’s been combined and turned into a full-length print book. So while technically it’s no longer a series, I’m still counting it as one since it started off that way.

And there you have it — my first Top Ten Tuesday and a list of series I need to read ASAP. Now it’s your turn!

ROAMING QUESTION: What do you think of my list? What series would you like to dive into?

Discover a New Book in Honor of Columbus

On this day in 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. While whether or not he actually “discovered” America is debateable, it’s still fun to use the holiday as an excuse to talk about romance books! So, in honor of Columbus Day, I trudged through Goodreads and Google and found a few historical romances set in the same era that Chris stepped foot on America the beautiful.

In Janet Lane’s Tabor’s Trinket, a 12-year-old gypsy named Sharai saves nobleman Richard Ellingham’s life. Five years later, Richard returns to the gypsy camp as a Baron only to once again meet Sharai and this time he takes her with him to his home in Coin Forest. Tabor’s Trinket is the first book in the Coin Forest series and is set in 15th century England.

Earthchild by Allie Bates is another 15th century historical romance, involving magic, a valiant warrior and a virtuous maid. Will the couple be able to conquer evil and come out victorious?

Set in 1498 in Scotland, The MacLean Groom by Kathleen Harrington stars Lady Joanna MacDonald and Rory MacLean, a rakish laird — and her family’s enemy — whom the king has ordered her to marry. Will family history get in the way of this couple’s true love?

This list is merely a drop in the vast ocean that is the historical romance genre. So what are you waiting for? Get out your compass and set sail to a land of happily ever afters!*

ROAMING QUESTION: Know of any interesting 15th-century (or any other historical) books? Feel free to share ’em below!

*Couldn’t pass up an opportunity to dish out a pun or two!

Snacks For All Occasions

For me, the only thing better than curling up with a good book is curling up with a good book and a delicious snack to munch on while I read. Whether it’s cookies, hot tea, or even a bowl of yogurt, I find that eating (or drinking) while I read adds to the sensory experience. This becomes even more true when I come across scenes where the characters are eating or drinking something; if I’m not already snacking, this is when I quickly jump up to grab a bite — and usually end up imagining that I’m eating whatever the characters are eating.

While I usually end up eating whatever is available in the fridge/pantry, there are certain snacks I prefer and equate to certain books when I read them. That being said, if I had a picnic basket to accompany my fave books, it would look something like this:

First up on the menu, we’ve got a relaxing cup of hot tea. Preferably served while reading historicals — regency, medieval, etc. Think Lisa Kleypas and her Hathaways family series, or Julie Garwood’s Highland’s Lairds. With scenes filled with royal balls, crinoline dresses and elevated speech patterns, I can’t help but associate “tea time” with these posh bodice-rippers.

Then we’ve chocolate — more specifically, dark chocolate. I reserve the 60% proof cacao for paranormal romances. Just like the books, I find chocolate to be dark, sexy and (depending on what kind you get) a little wild… just like the characters in Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse series. Ever tasted chocolate with a hint of sea salt? Sounds odd, but believe me, the subtleness of the salt really brings out the chocolate flavor!

For all things erotic, I have to have — you got it — something spicy! Don’t worry, I don’t go too far overboard, but something as simple as chips and spicy salsa really does the trick. I break out the party platter whenever I get my hands on any Blaze novel, or something along the lines of Lora Leigh and her naughty Nauti boys. Mm…

Last on the list in the basket is popcorn. Light, airy and guilt-free — just like contemporary romances! This usually consists of my go-to arsenal of authors — Rachel Gibson, Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Carly Phillips, Jennifer Crusie. But, regardless of the author, my one determining factor is this: if the heroine is a spitfire or the hero is a smart-ass, and the story makes me laugh-out-loud, then we’ve got a winner.

So there you have it — my picnic basket of ideal reading snacks. Of course, now that I’ve spent the last 400+ words talking about food, I now have a killer case of the munchies… go figure. While I mosey over to my old mother Hubbard kitchen, I leave you with these Roaming Questions —

ROAMING QUESTION: Do you like to snack while reading? If so, what’s your favorite food to munch on or drink to sip? What would you put in your reading picnic basket?