December 26

Top Ten Tuesday: 2018 Releases I Can’t Wait For

December 26, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’m Looking Forward to In 2018. Most of the books at the top of my list are from authors that I have read before that I have loved. Some of these do not even have covers yet, but I’m still so excited that I’m including them here. Here’s what I can’t wait for (click on the book title to be taken to the Goodreads description):

Young Adult Selections:

There Will Be Other Summers by Benjamin Alire Saenz: I LOVED Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, and this novel is the follow up to that. If you haven’t yet read Aristotle and Dante, listen to the audio as it is narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda!

Puddin by Julie Murphy:  I LOVED Dumplin’ and all it’s Dolly Parton references. This one is the follow up to Dumplin, and I’m beyond excited to immerse myself in this world again!

Leah on the Offbeat by Becky Albertalli: Becky is quickly becoming one of my very favorite authors. The way she is able to capture the feelings and experiences of her characters is unmatched by any other author. I loved Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda and this book is a follow up with Leah from that novel.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee: Another one with no cover that I am totally excited for. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was one of my favorites of 2017, and I’m thrilled for the next one in the series which features strong female characters!

The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis: One of my all time favorite authors Jennifer Niven has been promoting this book like crazy, and anything that Jennifer says I am going to listen to. I enjoy coming-of-age stories that feature a diverse main character.

Not If I Save You First by Ally Carter: Although they are lighter fare, I enjoy reading Carter’s books of spies and teenagers. I love the unique settings and plotlines. I’m not sure if this one is a stand alone or the start of a new series, but I am in regardless. Anytime you mention the Secret Service, I am most likely in…..I have a slight obsession!

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera: Two of my favorite authors teaming up to write this one? Of course I am in! I don’t even know much about the plot, but it doesn’t matter….I’m sure it’s going to be a win!

Fiction Selections:

The Flight Attendant by Chris Bohjalian: If you’ve followed this blog for anytime at all, you know that Bohjalian is almost a guarantee read for me as soon as it’s released. This one features a dead body, a hungover flight attendant, and a good mystery. I can’t wait!

Still Me by Jojo Moyes: Although I didn’t love After You nearly as much as Me Before You, Still Me is a MUST read for me. I hope that it compares to the first book in the series. I loved the character of Louisa, and I can’t wait to see what she is up to now.

The Girls in the Picture by Melanie Benjamin: Benjamin is one of my favorite historical fiction authors, and this one about early female Hollywood superstars is definitely intriguing to me. I hope it compares to the rest of her novels.

What books are you looking forward to in 2018? What should I add to my list?

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December 12

Top Ten Tuesday: My Best of 2017

December 12, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017. I read more books this year than in any other year prior. With over 100 to choose from, there is no way I can keep this list to 10. Not all of these were published in 2017, but if it’s a favorite, I need to share it with you! Here is what I most recommend for you (click on the book title to be taken to the Goodreads link):

Middle Grade Favorites:

Wishtree by Katherine Applegate: A great lesson on racial and cultural acceptance. This one warmed my heart!

The Seventh Wish by Kate Messner: The story of a girl who learns of her sister’s heroin addiction and what it means for her and her family. So age appropriate, so real, and just so good!

The Sixty Eight Rooms by Marianne Malone: I love the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Miniatures Room is one of my favorites. You set a MG mystery/fantasy here, and I am definitely in on reading it!

Young Adult Favorites:

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas: One of the most important books I read this year that epitomizes this time in our country’s history. A teen girl witnesses the shooting of her childhood best friend by a police officer. I cannot recommend this one enough!

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz: A great coming of age story about a boy who is coming to terms with his sexuality. What made this a home run was the fact that this audio book was narrated by Lin Manuel Miranda.

The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee: Set in the 18th century, this coming of age story had a totally unique premise! I loved following the adventures and growth of Percy and Monty as well as all the European settings!

Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena: I keep thinking about this one even though I finished it this summer. I loved the characters and setting, but even more I loved all of the life messages that were included.

Fiction Favorites:

The Mothers by Brit Bennett: This debut novel made me feel all sorts of emotions. Well written, vividly descriptive, this one will tug at your heart strings!

Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips: I will never look at a zoo the same way again. You will read this thriller in no time at all. A page turner at its best!

The Two Family House by Lynda Cohen Loigman: This is another one that has stayed with me long after I finished it. I loved the characters, but the character of Helen may be one of my favorite characters of all time. This multigenerational novel is a definite winner!

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal: Based on the title of this book, you might expect something that is completely different from what it actually was. Part mystery, part romance, part contemporary, with themes of diversity, cultural acceptance, feminism, grief, and more. The characters were well-developed, and I would love to hear more about them in the future.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: A longtime classic that I just read for this first time this year. I have a bit of an obsession for Plath, and I want to read more of her writing and learn more about her life.

Love and Other Consolation Prizes by Jamie Ford: I am a huge fan of Jamie Ford, and his newest novel does not disappoint. The story of a boy who is raffled off at the 1909 Seattle World’s Fair who ends up living in a brothel. Tell me you are not intrigued!

Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward: I almost didn’t include this one, because it has made so many “Best of” lists this year, but there is a reason for that. The character development, the depiction of rural life both past and present, even the somewhat paranormal elements all make for an outstanding and well written novel.

Nonfiction Favorites:

Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah: I learned so much about South African history and life, and Noah is magical narrator to listen to if you check out the audio version!

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond: This book was such an eye opener on poverty, homelessness, and trying to live in this country when the odds are stacked against you. It definitely made me look at poverty in a new way.

What were your favorite books this year?

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November 28

Top Ten Tuesday: My Winter TBR

November 28, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Books on My Winter TBR. With cold weather making me want to hunker down, and a little extra time off of work, this is the time of year when I can get more then a typical amount of reading done. Here’s what I am most looking forward to (click on the book title to be taken to the Goodreads link):

HARRY POTTER SERIES

I made a 2017 New Year’s resolution to finish the Harry Potter series, and I am only 2 books away from finishing the original series. I currently have a bunch of library books in my possession, but I’m going to need to prioritize these two books to meet my goal!

LIBRARY BOOKS CURRENTLY IN MY POSSESSION

I’d like to think that I will read all of these before I need to return them, but the odds of that and finishing Harry Potter are slim. I guess we will see what strikes my fancy in the next few weeks!

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe: I am always drawn to books set during World War II, and this book looks like it is right up my alley…the story of a young teen who keeps the magic of books alive while in a concentration camp and at great personal risk to herself.

When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon: This YA diverse romance has been getting rave reviews. It looks like a lighter read, and I can’t wait to dive in.

Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert: A teen has to make some hard decisions about her schooling so that she can care for her step brother who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Along the way, she begins to develop feelings for the same girl her brother is in love with.

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware: I recently listened to The Woman in Cabin 10 on audio and enjoyed it. I knew I would read this one at some point. I love a good thriller, and I hope this one does not disappoint.

OTHER 2017 RELEASES THAT ARE POSSIBILITIES

I am very much a mood reader so I never make definite reading plans. Here are some books that are possibilities, but I am sure that I will also be reading books not on this list. We will have to wait and see what the winter holds :)

The Last Mrs. Parrish by Liv Constantine: This debut thriller has gotten RAVE reviews, and I currently have the book on hold at the library. I can’t wait for the hold to come in, because this one sounds like a winner.

Emma in the Night by Wendy Walker: Another thriller that’s gotten great reviews. Apparently I am on some sort of thriller kick? This one is about two sisters who go missing, and what happens when one of them returns years later without the other one.

BOOKS I’VE BEEN MEANING TO READ FOR AWHILE

Mosquitoland by David Arnold: A girl takes a Greyhound to visit her biological mother who is sick, and she meets a host of characters along the way. I’ve had the opportunity to meet Arnold, and I love his personality, his love of music, and his Instagram account. I always love to read authors who have touched me in some way with what they’ve said.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven: I love Jennifer Niven….what more can I say. I’ve heard good things about this book, and I can’t believe I haven’t already read it!

Any guesses as to how many of these I will actually read? It’s hard to know!

What do you plan on reading this winter?

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June 21

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Reads of 2016 So Far

June 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year. I decided to feature my favorites reads of the year so far….not necessarily those released in 2016.

Middle Grade Reads:

George by Alex Gino – Such a great introduction to transgenderism for middle grade students. I love how this one can teach us so much.

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley – An extremely heartwarming read with hints of fantasy. I love the message sent about love and family connections.

Rain, Reign by Ann M. Martin – I cannot put into words how much I adored this book. I bought this one for my niece and ended up reading it before I gave it to her (how was I supposed to know that flipping through it quickly would read to a quick read of under 2 hours). It features a main character with Asperger’s Syndrome, family dysfunction, a dog as a prominent character, and a happy ending. What more can you ask for?

Young Adult Reads:

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli – A delightful read the promotes LGBTQ understanding. Simply a heart-warming coming-of-age novel.

Where She Went by Gayle Forman – Although I didn’t love this one quite as much as If She Stays (the first book in the series), I still loved the developing lives and love story of Mia and Adam. I found myself frustrated at points, but overall an enjoyable read.

Adult Fiction:

Bright, Precious Days by Jay McInerney – I just finished this one a few days ago, and I loved it so much more than I expected to. Amazing writing, strong character development, recent historical events used as a backdrop – I was drawn in the entire time. I’m planning to post a review soon!

Behind Closed Doors by B.A. Paris – This one I finished last night (I know…..it’s been an awesome week for reading). An excellent thriller that is face-paced and quick to read.

Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica – I love Kubica’s writing and the ultimate twists and turns of her plots. This one did not disappoint, and I can’t wait to read her next book.

Adult Nonfiction:

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari –  Although this one can get dry at points with research and facts, Ansari is HILARIOUS and you will learn lots of interesting tidbits throughout. I listened to the audio on this one, and I highly recommend it as it is read by Ansari himself.

A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy by Sue Klebold – This was an emotionally gut-wrenching book by the mother of one of the Columbine shooters. It can be unsettling, eye-opening, and informative all at once.

What books have you read this year that have topped your favorites list? I’m always looking for good recommendations!

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February 16

Top Ten Tuesday: Books and Music

February 16, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: This week is all about music & books! I love books that have incorporate music as a major theme is some way. Many possibilities were offered for this one, but I’ve decided to just give you the music-related books I have my eye on reading with the hope that you guys will point me in the right direction as to what I need to read soon!

Books I Already Own But Haven’t Read:

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff – Sam’s friend Hayden is dead and he uses his friend’s playlist for clues as to the reasons behind his death. I’ve met Falkoff in person, and I also want to support her by trying out this very intriguing-sounding novel.

Open Road Summer by Emery Lord – I’ve heard great things about this book, and I could check another book off of my list for the Clean My Reader Challenge as well. I also love the idea of two women on a country music road tour. How fun!

King Dork by Frank Portman – Another author I met and adored for his quirkiness. Catcher in the Rye references as the basis of several mysteries AND rock and roll. What more can you ask for in a book?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and I totally want to check it out but just haven’t gotten to it yet. Maybe soon?

Books I Need to Get My Hands On

Save Me, Kurt Cobain by Jenny Manzer – You have probably already heard me talk about this one! The title and cover sucked me in right away. A girl who thinks Kurt Cobain is her father and is still alive…..I feel this book call my name every time I see or read about it!

2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas by Marie-Helene Bertino – A 9 year old who wants to make her debut at a famous jazz club after her mother dies. Intriguing, but I have definitely heard mixed review on this one. What did you think?

Between the Notes by Sharon Huss Roat – A teen turns to her beloved music to cope through the difficult times her family is enduring. This one isn’t calling my name as much as some of the others, but it is getting solid reviews.

I’ll Be There by Holly Goldberg Sloan – A boy and a girl meet during a performance of a church choir. Their families intertwine before tragedy strikes. I haven’t heard much about this one, but I do have some interest.

The Sky is Everywhere by Jandy Nelson – A bookworm and clarinet-playing band geek struggles to cope with the loss of her sister. I’ve heard so many great things about Nelson’s writing, but I have yet to read any of it!

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby – No list highlighting books and music would be complete without High Fidelity. I’m not sure why I haven’t read this one yet!

Tell me what you think! Which book is a must read? What can I skip? Anything missing you think I should add?

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February 9

Top Ten Tuesday: Literary Characters I’d Be Willing To Date

February 9, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Valentine’s Day is next week…let’s do a Valentine’s Day themed freebie! Since I’m single and carefree, I decided to do a post on literary characters that I’d be willing to go out on a date with (let’s pretend that all of the characters below are the exact same age as myself to make this a not creepy post :)). Here’s who makes the list:

Jake from Happiness for Beginners

Who doesn’t want to date this adventurous, compassionate, patient, humble, forthright hottie! This guy is definitely at the top of my list!

Forney Hall from Where The Heart Is

A guy who will look out for you and take care of you no matter what!

Everett Coburn from Nowhere But Home

A wealthy home town hero, and a nice guy to boot. Sign me up!

Lincoln Mallory from Girl Before a Mirror

A man who is there to support your dreams, can show you the finer things in life, and treat you like a queen. I’m willing to give that a shot.

Levi from Fangirl

Oh, sweet, sweet Levi! He also can make a mean mocha for me when I need one.

Olly from Everything, Everything

A well read man who can turn the most mundane of moments into an adventure. Who doesn’t want to talk all things books with this guy?

Mac Chatham from St. Anything

Another hard worker that looks out for his girl.

A.J. Fikry from The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Another man who not only knows his books but owns a bookstore! Hell yes I’m in. What a fun and quiet life this could be!

Daniel Cleaver from Bridget Jones’ Diary

I kind of adore his awkward demeanor. I also love how he is so very patient and kind and smart and successful.

Peeta from The Hunger Games

Who do you think I should add to this list?

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February 2

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Historical Settings

February 2, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Historical Settings You Love. For those of you who know me, you know I love historical fiction. I love learning about different times, different places, and different lifestyles. Below you will find some of my favorite time periods to read about with some of my favorite books I’ve read from those time periods:

America During The Civil War

The House Girl by Tara Conklin

The Late 19th Century/Early 20th Century

What the Lady Wants by Renee Rosen – A look at the life on Marshall Field and his mistress set in Chicago!

Sin in the Second City by Karen Abbott – I cannot even tell you how much I learned about Chicago and prostitution and life at the beginning of the 20th Century. Fascinating!

Loving Frank by Nancy Horan – The story behind the illicit love affair that led to the end of the marriage of Frank Lloyd Wright.

The Roaring 20’s

Dollface by Renee Rosen – Seriously…this book is the epitome of the Roaring 20’s for me. I so think I must have lived during this time period in a former life because I am so drawn to the stories from this time.

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain – A great read about the early marriage of Ernest Hemingway and his wife Hadley.

The Great Depression

Songs of Willow Frost by Jamie Ford – A story about an orphaned boy discovering his biological mother during the Depression.

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko – I just loved the setting of Alcatraz Island, and I also loved a character that had autism before autism was a thing. A great middle grade read!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen – If you ever want to learn a little more about circus life during the Great Depression.

Europe During World War II

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana DeRosnay

Japanese Internment During World War II

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford – I learned so much about the Japanese Internment when I read this novel, and I am hoping at some point to pick up some more novels set during this time period.

America During The Civil Rights Movement

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Historical Fiction Novels That Span Time Periods

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – I learned all about the phenomenon of orphan trains that existed during the year of 1854-1929. I had never even heard of the prior to reading this book!

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin – A novel of the life of the Lindbergh family set during the 1920’s-1960’s and told from the perspective of Charles Lindbergh’s wife Anne. Turns out that maybe Charles wasn’t the golden boy that everyone thought he was.

What time periods do you like to read about? Are there any historical fiction novels that you recommend?

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January 26

Top Ten Tuesday: Happy Hour Hangouts

January 26, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Freebie!!!! I sometimes struggle with coming up with a topic when the whole wide world of books is available to me. For those of you who know me, I love happy hour. It’s just a nice time to chill out with friends (and sometimes meet new friends along the way). So…..after much thought, I decided to give you my list of authors I’d love to go to Happy Hour with! Here’s who I’d enjoy getting to know a little better over cocktails:

Happy Hour YA

Alexandra Sirowy – I was able to spend some time with Alexandra at Anderson’s YA Literature Conference in October of 2015, and I enjoyed the time I spent with her. She has a very unique background that I would love to hear more about!

Trent Reedy – I met Trent at the Anderson’s YA Literature Conference in October of 2014, and he is truly one of the kindest, most down-to-earth guys I’ve met. I was so touched with his personal story, and I enjoy following him on Facebook. I’m hoping our paths will cross again someday at some point.

James Klise – Another author I met at the Anderson’s conference in 2014. James gave me so much encouragement with my writing, and he will always hold a special place in my heart. I’ve had the chance to see him again at an event since he is a local Chicago author. I would love to chat more with him about working with kids, writing, and books in general!

Jennifer Niven – As you know, I soooooooo loved All the Bright Places. I follow Jennifer on Facebook, and I just love her appreciation of her fans, her love of her cats, her awesome bookish office, and so much more. I’d love to get to know her in person!

Happy Hour

David Arnold – Truth time – I haven’t yet read Mosquitoland despite the rave reviews and the autographed copy that calls my name every time I walk by it. But…….David was such a pleasure to meet at Anderson’s 2015, but even more…..he is a musician who lives in Nashville! I also love following him on Instagram. His love for his family is so clear!

Bill Konigsberg – I also met Bill at an Anderson’s YA Lit Conference in 2015, and I LOVED his novel The Porcupine of Truth. He is such an amazing voice for LGBT teens everywhere, and he is such a down-to-earth guy. I’d love to get to know hiHappy Hour Adultm a little more!

Liza Palmer – Liza’s writing speaks to my soul, and I just want to get to know her more. When I’m reading her writing, I sometimes feel like she is in my head! I’ve loved both Girl Before a Mirror and Nowhere But Home, and I look forward to reading more of her in 2016.

Suanne Laqueur – I’ve gotten to know Suanne a little over the last year while I read and reviewed her books. I think her writing is simply stunning, and I love how she is so open about her own personal mental health struggles. I would love to sit down and have a drink with her sometime and just connect on a more personal level!

Cheryl Strayed – Wild was such a powerful read for me, and I love the honesty and frankness with which Cheryl conducts her whole life. She is a powerful voice for so many people, and I truly believe she is making a difference in this world with her writing.

Renee Rosen – One of my very favorite authors of all time, and she happens to be local. I became familiar with Renee on a fluke while going to see another author at an event. I immediately fell in love with Renee, her writing, and just her way of interacting with her fans. I think she is awesome, and I’d love to hang out with her more often!!

Who would you like to go to Happy Hour with?

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January 19

Top Ten Tuesday: Recent TBR Adds

January 19, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR. I’ve hit quite the lucky streak lately (not lucky enough to win 1.5 billion in the Powerball mind you), and I’ve won several bookish giveaways. Soooooooo very exciting! Here’s what I’ve won. Please check out the amazing blogs that have contributed to my wins:

From Brightly and The Hiding Spot:

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I won this awesome tote and 3 children’s books (Voyagers, Toys Meet Snow, and Once Upon An Alphabet), and I also was introduced to the Brightly website, which makes book recommendations based on reading levels (and they even have an adult section as well). The Hiding Spot is one of my favorite blogs for keeping up with the newest in Children’s and Young Adult Literature. If you work in a school or with kids, I highly recommend you check it out!

From Random House Audio and Bookriot:

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I won 4 audiobooks from Random House Audio in Bookriot‘s Best of 2015 Audiobooks Giveaway. The package included: Dead Wake by Erik Larson, X by Sue Grafton, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, and Rogue Lawyer by John Grisham (which is not pictured because it is currently in my car in the minus 0 windchills so you will all just need to visualize it at this point because I hate the cold :)

From Berkeley and Goodreads:

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So, I feel like I almost never win a Goodreads giveaway, but I managed to score this gem that has been getting rave reviews! I’ve heard great things about Beatriz Williams, but I’ve never read anything by her, and I’m way excited about The Secret Life of Violet Grant!

From Book Scents:

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And…….last but not least…..look at this amazing haul I won in Book Scents End of the Year Shelf Cleaning Giveaway! Wow!!!!! I’m so excited for so many of these (they haven’t yet arrived in the mail, but they should be coming soon)!!!! Seriously, I almost feel like I won the lottery!

What books have you acquired recently?

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January 12

Top Ten Tuesday: 2015 Releases I Still Need To Get To

January 12, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish in which they select a topic every week, and the rest of us get to make Top Ten lists based on that topic. This week’s topic: Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t. There are so many amazing books out there…..how is someone supposed to get to all the reading they are interested in? Here’s at the top of my list for what I missed in 2015:

Young Adult Books

Mosquitoland by David Arnold – This book has shown up on several “Best of 2015” lists, and I actually own an autographed copy. I think I will get to this as part of my Mount TBR Challenge.

Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley – Another one that has been on many “Best of 2015” lists that I also own an autographed copy of. Beasley is such a sweet and down-to-earth author, and I so want to support her!

Made You Up by Francesca Zappia – The colors in this cover have always caught my eye, and I always like when books highlight mental health issues. I did get a Kindle deal on this one, and I am hoping to pick it up soon as part of my Clean Your Ereader Challenge.

Dumplin by Julie Murphy – I have heard great things about this novel and how it may change your perception of weight, weight loss, and happiness. I am intrigued, and I hope to get to it sometime this year (but probably not right away).

Historical Fiction

Circling the Sun by Paula McLain – I LOVED The Paris Wife, and I have wanted to read this one since it came out. I love learning about strong female role models from the past, and I’ve heard amazing things about this story.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah – I love stories that are set during World War II, and I find myself reading them often. This one gets outstanding reviews!

At the Water’s Edge by Sara Gruen – I adore Sara Gruen’s writing, and I went to a release event for this particular books of her (meaning it is yet another one that I own an autographed copy of). I am intrigued with the Loch Ness monster aspect of this one, and I am looking forward to reading it at some point soon!

Saint Mazie by Jami Attenberg – The Roaring Twenties is another time period I love to read about (can’t you totally see me as a flapper). I have a copy of this on my Kindle, and I plan to get to it in the next couple of months as part of the Clean Your Ereader Challenge.

Adult Contemporary

Fates and Furies by Lauren Goff – This book has also been on several “Best of 2015” lists, but I’ve heard more mixed reviews on this one. My hold just came in at the library, and I picked it up today, so I’ll be letting you know soon what I think.

Slade House by David Mitchell – I have never read anything by Mitchell, and people often rave about his work. I’ve heard good things about this most recent novel of his, and it happened to be in at the library today so I picked it up!

What 2015 releases are you still hoping to get to? Any books on my list that you think aren’t worth it?

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