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 20

My Favorite Reads of 2015

December 20, 2015

I thought I had hit a bad streak of non-blogging back in October, but I have just surpassed that with 3 weeks of nonblogging this month. It’s not that I wasn’t inspired – I simply just had too many other things to do! Winter break is now here, and I’m hoping to not only catch up, but get some posts done ahead of time for January! Wish me luck! Anyway, today I’m here to share my top reads of 2015 with you. These books were not necessarily published in 2015 – they were just the ones I read this year that I liked the most.

Adult Fiction

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I was so moved by this book, and I was equally disappointed with its sequel After You.

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur – Suanne was a new author for me this year, and I fell in love with the beauty and rawness of her writing. I also enjoyed the companion to this novel Give Me Your Answer True, and I will soon be starting her book that will be released in January Here to Stay.

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer – I was lucky enough to win this gem in a giveaway, and I am so glad! I was not that familiar with Palmer before this, and I am now a huge fan. I love her characters, setting, and story development.

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – This is one of my favorite, heartwarming, easy-to-read books possibly of all time. I am still trying to get to the sequel!

Adult Nonfiction

Brave Enough by Cheryl Strayed – Oh my goodness….there are not enough words to describe my love for this one! After borrowing it from the library, I had to go ahead and buy myself a copy. I think that EVERYONE should pick this one up!

Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh – If you need a good laugh, then this is the book for you. I laughed out loud often while reading this one, and I love Brosh’s honesty and openness throughout!

Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton – I am a huge HONY fan, and I check it out daily on Facebook. This book is the best of the best stories, and it will have you feeling all sorts of emotions along the way!

Young Adult

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – I think this is my favorite fiction read of 2015. I loved the characters and storyline, but I was really singing its praises because of the awareness it raises of mental health issues.

The Porcupine of Truth by Bill Konigsberg – I so enjoyed this very diverse read. Such great characters and settings. I was a bit surprised how much I adored this one.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman – This one is my dystopian shout out for the year. I loved the concept that Shusterman developed, and the writing was well done. I am still trying to get my hands on the audio of the next book in the series.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman – This was another audio read for me, and it left me shattered. You will need a box of Kleenex for this one without a doubt, but it is so, so good. I will be completing a review of this one soon!

Middle Grade/Children’s

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K Rowling – I know that I am so late to the game on the Harry Potter mania, but I now get it, and I am so on board with the rest of you. I am going to be reading book #4 over my break.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – I was a little late picking this one up as well. I love the empathy and disability awareness that is highlighted in this one. Such a great book for kids to read!

Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko – Historical fiction with a character with autism before autism was autism. This book was so good in so many ways, and I loved that it was set on Alcatraz!

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper – Another historical fiction read that I was moved by. If you are looking for a book on civil rights, then this would be an excellent choice.

As you can see, my reading is all over the place, and that’s what I like! There are so many amazing books in this world, and I don’t want to limit myself in any way. There are many runner-ups to this list if you want to talk more!

What were your favorite reads of 2015?

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October 13

Top Ten Tuesday: Author Duos I Want To See Together

October 13, 2015

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 Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together. This was a fun one to think about, and I can’t wait to see what other bloggers have come up with!

Renee Rosen and Sara Gruen

I’ve seen Renee and Sara appear together at a book event, and I have discovered that they are writing partners. I think both of them are extremely detail oriented, and it would be interesting to see what they could write together.

Chris Bohjalian and Jamie Ford

I have learned new facts from reading both of these authors, and I feel like they have similar styles in terms of their ability to teach through great character voices. I think together they could create an outstanding novel.

Gillian Flynn and Paula Hawkins

Both of these women are queens at suspense novels with unreliable female narrators. I can only imagine what their dark imaginations could come up with when combined.

Neal Shusterman and Suzanne Collins

Two of my favorite dystopian authors! I’d be curious what other worlds their combined creativity could develop.

Jojo Moyes and Jennifer Niven

Moyes and Niven wrote my favorite reads of 2015 so far, and I can’t even imagine the mind-blowing talent they would have combined. I bet I may never recover from a read like that!

Meg Wolitzer and Garth Stein

I’ve only read one book by Wolitzer, her YA debut Belzhar. Similar to Stein, she takes what could be a common storyline and gives it a special, somewhat supernatural twist. I’d be curious to see what they two of them could produce together.

Liza Palmer and Katherine Center

I loved all the quotes that I put in my quote notebook from both of these authors, and I would love to see them develop a contemporary novel together. I imagine it would be entertaining, funny, and touching all at the same time.

Billie Letts and Fannie Flagg

I always love a good novel set in the South, whether contemporary or historical fiction. These two ladies are two of my favorite Southern writers so why not have them write together.

Mary Kubica and James Klise

These authors are excellent at writing mystery novels, and I like to think about what twists and turns they could plot as a team.

Suanne Laqueur and Hanya Yanagihara

Both of these women are amazingly beautiful writers that tap into the dark depths of despair that people can fall into. A joint effort between the two could continue to bring so much awareness to mental health issues while sharing an amazing story.

What two authors would you like to see write a book together?

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June 30

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top 10 Books So Far This Year

June 30, 2015

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 Read So Far In 2015. Here are my faves so far (click on the book title to be taken to my review for each one):

Adult Fiction

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – One of only three 5 star reads this year. I can’t wait for the sequel in September.

Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur – Laqueur is a new author for me this year, and I am so glad I have found her. Her writing is so amazingly beautiful.

Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer – A heartwarming read that is perfect for summer!

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – Another heartwarming read with a strong bookish theme.

Young Adult Fiction

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – I’m now a Shusterman fan, and this book gives his readers a glimpse into his personal life and his son’s struggles with mental illness.

Unwind by Neal Shusterman – I enjoyed the unique concept of this one, and the action will keep you engaged.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – Another 5 star read that I keep recommending to others. This is a must read for everyone!

Children’s Fiction

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling – I’m officially on the bandwagon and in love with Harry and the gang.

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper – A great book on the civil rights movement written from the perspective of a ten year old girl.

Wonder by R.J. Palacio – A great book that helps children appreciate differences.

What are your favorite books so far this year?

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June 9

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 2015 Releases I’m Still Waiting For

June 9, 2015

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 Most Anticipated Releases For the Rest of 2015. As usual, my interests are all over the place, and you will find a wide variety of books below!

 

Favorite Authors:

Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur – There are few writers who write as beautifully as Laqueur and this book looks to be a great complement to The Man I LoveThis gem is being release very soon!

White Collar Girl by Renee Rosen – No one can transport you back in time with more vivid writing that Rosen. I am so excited for this book coming out in September!

N.E.E.D. by Joelle Charbonneau – Charbonneau has really developed as an author, and I am looking forward to checking out her newest release in November.

After You by Jojo Moyes – You’ve heard me rave about Me Before You and I can’t wait for this sequel to be released in September.

New to Me Authors (Yes….I can’t believe it either)

Love May Fail by Matthew Quick – This book by the author of The Silver Linings Playbook is getting solid reviews, and who doesn’t want to read about a woman with a pornographer husband having a breakdown :). This book will be released next Tuesday.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller – I haven’t read anything by Doller yet, but I hear great things. If all goes according to plan, I hope to get a signed copy of this gem Thursday night at an author event!

Third Wife by Lisa Jewell – Chick lit with a hint of mystery….I’m in! Look for this one in early July.

Others I Can’t Wait For:

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee – I would guess that this one will be on most lists I look at today. Everyone is chatting about this book by the infamous author of To Kill a Mockingbird that is set to be released next month.

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis – This historical fiction novel about a woman in an insane asylum looks so intriguing to me! I can’t wait until October to check it out!

Tiny Little Thing by Beatriz Williams – Another historical fiction novel that features some dicey family dynamics during a run for political office that will be released in two short weeks.

What releases are you looking forward to?

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June 2

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Books I’d Like to See As Movies

June 2, 2015

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’d Love To See As Movies/Tv Shows. Wow! There are so many books I wouldn’t mind seeing as movies. I decided to go with the books that I’ve read most recently:

 

Young Adult Selections:

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – This is one of my all time favorite reads, and I’d love to see it as a movie. I think this has been optioned, and hopefully we’ll all be able to see it soon!

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman – Another teen book dealing with mental health issues that I think would make a great movie and would shed more light on an important topic.

The Testing by Joelle Charbonneau – I’d love to see this world come alive on the big screen. There is a movie option on this one as well.

Historical Fiction Selections:

Dollface by Renee Rosen – This novel is set during a time period that would be fun to see in a movie. I think the story and the characters would draw in any audience.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline – I learned so much when I read this book, and I think it would be great for others to learn about this period of history through a movie.

Playing for the Commandant by Suzy Zail – I thought this book put a different spin on the typical World War II story, and I’d love to see it play out on the big screen.

Contemporary Adult Selections:

Nowhere But Home by Liza Palmer – The characters and setting in this book were so engaging, and I think this could end up being the next big screen hit.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – This is another book with great characters and a great setting that would be sure to get great movie reviews.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – I so loved this story, and I think it would be quite the tear jerker for the audience who would be watching.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins – This would be an excellent suspense movie sure to draw big crowds.

What book would you like to see made into a movie?

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May 19

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Sequels I Can’t Wait To Read

May 19, 2015

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 Tuesday Freebie — YOUR CHOICE OF TOPIC. I’ve decided to go with a topic that was featured before I started blogging – the Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get My Hands On. Without further ado, here is my list:

After You by Jojo Moyes – This is my number one read as soon as the book is released. Me Before You received one of my rare 5 star ratings, and I can’t wait to read this follow up about Louisa.

Unwholly by Neal Shusterman – I loved the concept of Unwind, and I really want to find out what happens next to Connor, Reesa, and Lev.

Give Me Your Answer True by Suanne Laqueur – I loved The Man I Love, and I love Laqueur. I will read anything she writes, but I am very intrigued by this companion novel to The Man I Love.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – Next up in my Harry Potter reading. I am so in on the Harry magic these days!

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix – I checked this out of the library on Sunday thinking it was Book #4, but I was mistaken. Now I need to get back to the library for Goblet of Fire.

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince – Have you noticed a theme yet :) ?

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – I do indeed plan to finish the series this year!

Insurgent by Veronica Roth – I highly enjoyed Divergent, and I’d love to finish this series up this year as well.

In the End by Demetria Lunetta – I read In the After after seeing Lunetta at an author event. I liked the book more than I expected to, and I hope the next book is as good as the first.

Gregor and the Prophecy of the Bane by Suzanne Collins – I’ve read Gregor the Overlander a few times at work, but I’ve never read further. I think I would enjoy reading more of the series!

What series do you recommend I start or continue?

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May 12

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Authors I Have to Meet

May 12, 2015

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: 10 Authors I REALLY Want to Meet. This one was pretty easy for me. I have been fortunate enough to meet many of my faves already, and I know who I still need to meet. Here are my Top Ten:

garth stein

 Garth Stein

I was introduced to Stein with my book club while reading The Art of Racing in the Rain. I have enjoyed every book I’ve read by Stein, and I will be diving into A Sudden Light this week. I tried to go see him last summer, but traffic unfortunately kept me from getting there! Ummmm, and how adorable is he?

neal shusterman

Neal Shusterman

I have recently become a big Shusterman fan. I read Unwind based on the recommendation of a friend, and I loved the concept of it. Then I recently finished Challenger Deep, and I fell in love. I missed a chance to meet him recently because of my book club, but I won’t miss him for anything next time!

cheryl strayed

Cheryl Strayed

I fell in love with Strayed when I read Wild, and then I quickly devoured everything she had written. I am longing for a new release of some sort, and maybe then I’ll have the opportunity to meet her!

J.K. Rowlingjk rowling

Who doesn’t want to meet the iconic author of the Harry Potter series? Now that I am 3 books into the series, I am officially a fan. I would love to talk to Rowling and hear more about her journey as an author.

jojo moyesJojo Moyes

I read Me Before You when a friend lent it to me, and I look forward to reading more by Moyes. I just heard she has a sequel to Me Before You, titled After You, coming out in September and I cannot wait!

Sue Monk Kidd

sue monk kidd

My love for Sue Monk Kidd began with The Secret Life of Bees (which I need to go back and reread), and I have adored everything of hers that I have read since. I still haven’t gotten to The Invention of Wings, but it is near the top of my list!

jennifer nivenJennifer Niven

I’m sure you’ve all heard me rave about All the Bright Places. It is one of my all time favorite reads! I love following Niven on social media, because she is so gracious and appreciative of her fans, and she lets them know that every day. I can’t wait to read more of her writing.

Liza Palmerliza palmer

I was recently introduced to Palmer’s work when I won Girl Before a Mirror in a contest. I loved the book, and I have since read Nowhere But Home, which was also a good, easy read.  I love Palmer’s characters, setting, and writing.

Suanne Laqueur

suanne laqueur

Another giveaway helped me to discover the writing of Laqueur. I was able to get to know her a little more through social media, and she is so warm, approachable, and gracious. Her new book Give Me Your Answer True is coming out in June and I can’t wait!

Jamie Fordjamie ford

I read Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet for my book club, and I love how Ford is able to intertwine so much history with such engaging characters. I love his style, and I would love to hear him speak more about his own personal history and his life as an author.

Which authors would you like to meet?

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April 7

Top Ten Tuesday – 10 Characters I’d Like To Check In With

April 7, 2015

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 Characters You’d Like To Check In With (meaning, the book or series is over and you so just wish you could peek in on the “life” you imagine they are leading years down the line after the story ends). Those of you who know me well, know that I have a terrible memory when it comes to recalling specifics of books after more than a few weeks (except for a few rare exceptions). Most of the characters listed below are from books that I’ve read recently.

 

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Violet Markey from All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – One of my favorite books of all time! I would love to know how Violet’s life turns out!

Sky and Josh from I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios – How do their lives intersect a few years down the road?

Anna and Lincoln

Daisy and Erik

Anna and Lincoln from Girl Before a Mirror by Liza Palmer –  How does this relationship fare over the long haul?

Daisy and Erik from The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur – I’m so excited because it appears that we are going to hear more of the story of Daisy and Erik very soon with the release of Laqueur’s new book Give Me Your Answer True.

Julia and Michael

Amelia and Maya

Julia and Michael from The Rooms Are Filled by Jessica Null Vealitzek – Do Julia and Michael ever encounter one another again? What’s Michael’s life like as an adult?

Amelia and Maya from The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin. It’s hard to not give any spoilers away on this one, but I just need a little more of this story!

Louisa Clark

August Pullman

August Pullman from Wonder by R.J. Palacio – What does Auggie’s life look like as an adult? Are he and his sister still tight? What does he do for a living?

Louisa Clark from Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – What does Louisa’s life look like 10 years from now?

 

Matt and Kevin

Leena Williams

Matt Worthson from Coeur D’Alene Waters by Ned Hayes – Is Matt still an officer? What does his relationship with Kevin look like now?

Leena Williams from The New Mrs. Collins by Quanie Miller – This is another one that’s hard to talk about without revealing spoilers. I just need an update on Leena.

March 3

Top Ten Tuesday: My All Time Favorite Books

March 3, 2015

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: My All Time Favorite Books From the Past Three Years. This was another fun topic for me because I liked going back through my Goodreads shelves and rediscovering some of my favorite reads.

My Favorites So Far This Year:

All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven: This is one of my favorite books of all time. I love the awareness it brings to mental health issues, and I cannot recommend this book to enough people.

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes: My heart strings were tugged all over the place with this one. Not only will it make you cry and laugh and love, it will also get you thinking about some very complex and serious issues.

The Man I Love by Suanne Laqueur: This one also evokes so many strong emotions, and the writing is some of the best I’ve read.

 My 2014 Favorites:

Letters of Note: An Eclectic Collection of Correspondence Deserving of a Wider Audience by Shaun Usher: I just found this to be such a cool and unique collection of letters. There was so much depth and variety to the letters included, and I absolutely adored looking at the copies of the original letters.

Words in the Dust by Trent Reedy: I think Trent is an amazing guy, and I love to promote him whenever I can! Words in the Dust is his debut novel, and it brings so much awareness to so many issues, interweaving many of Reedy’s own experiences while serving in Afghanistan. This book was also my first official book review on this blog so it holds a soft spot in my heart as well!

The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline: I learned so much about a part of history that I had never even heard of before. I do love historical fiction!

 My 2013 Favorites:

Dollface by Renee Rosen: At this point, you all know my love for all writing Renee Rosen. I just love how she interweaves her thorough research with her excellent storytelling. Dollface is the book that introduced me to this wonderful writer!

The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin: I loved learning some of the history behind the infamous Lindbergh family, and it was so not what I expected it to be. I was totally riveted by the story of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, who was such a strong female role model.

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh: I think this is one I need to go back and reread. A unique story with a beautiful main character.

The House Girl by Tara Conklin: I loved this novel that carefully wove past and present stories together to draw the reader in.

What are some of your favorite reads?

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