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Top Ten Tuesday – February 28, 2017: Favorite #bookstagram Photos of Mine

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 28, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was a freebie!

I always come up with these great ideas for some freebies or variations on topics with the best intentions like bookish infographics or the best #bookstagram photos out there! But I neglected to save all of the cool infographics I’ve come across and aside from the fact that I haven’t saved Instagram photos from other accounts, there’s no way I could pick ten favorites from all of the amazingly talented people out there! So once again, we end up viewing personal favorites from my own collection.

I’ve been getting more and more into taking those neat #bookstagram photos and it’s interesting to see how things have come along over the years! Photos that I was proud of last year look totally horrible to me now and I feel like I’ve really worked on my lighting and props to come up with some really solid photos. I’m not photographer and I don’t have the skills that some other bookstagrammers do but I’m pretty proud of some of these photos! I picked my top ten favorites from my Instagram account to share today. (In order from most recent told oldest, for convenience.)

LUNARTIC SHELFIE | January 13, 2017
I had finally gotten around to taking a new selfie after the addition of HEARTLESS and special Owlcrate edition of HEARTLESS… but it’s already outdated because I’ve since added WIRES AND NERVE to my Marissa Meyer collection! OH DARN going to have to take another one…

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SIMON TEEN ON THE SCENE | December 24, 2016
Simon Teen sent this AWESOME blogger package and I was thrilled to receive these books AND a mug! I really liked the way this photo turned out as far as lighting went and I think it looks nice in more muted tones instead of amping up the saturation. I also loved the pop of the plaid scarf for some reason!

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CARAVAL, COFFEE, AND COOKIES | November 12, 2016
I did it for the ‘gram when I set up this photo while on vacation and bought two more macarons just so I could get the fancy box for my Instagram photo. What can I say… their packaging totally succeed in getting me to buy more! They were all delicious and to this day, I still miss them and want more. I was reading CARAVAL while in Salem with my BFFs (and I also miss this whole trip to this day because it was glorious) and this all came together for an interesting photo that’s apparently pretty popular on Tumblr.

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HALLOWEEN AND SERIAL KILLERS | October 31, 2016
I got to interview STALKING JACK THE RIPPER author Kerri Maniscalco for our Fortnight of Fright blog event and so naturally, I had to take another photo of her book with the Foggy Knight candle! The lighting on this one highlighted the blood splatter so beautifully and I love it so.

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AN ABUNDANCE OF CINDERS | August 29, 2016
I added some new versions of CINDER to my Lunar Chronicles collection and I had to snap a photo of them! I was too tired to drag the whole collection out so I just grabbed all of the copies of CINDER I had instead!

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THE SUN SHINES ON THE SHELFIE | August 21, 2016
This was the first FULL shelfie I had taken in a while and the sun left a night highlight in the middle. It’s hard to get the whole bookcase in one shot and I liked the way this one turned out!

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A STACK OF THRONES | August 6, 2016
This photo isn’t very complicated but sometimes those simple, clean photos are the best. I simply stacked my mass markets of A Song of Ice and Fire, popped some color in, and added a candle to complete the scene!

MY SORCERER’S STONE | July 30, 2016
I used a prompt from a photo challenge to come up with this photo. It was a “House Cup” challenge, so I represented my house of Ravenclaw and the other part of the prompt was “Horcruxes versus Hallows”. Secret? My husband and I both had rock collections when we were kids and we both still have them haha! So I went into the basement to sort through our rocks to find one that was Sorcerer’s Stone-appropriate and this was what I got! Also, have you ever included your hand in a photo? Whether it’s holding a stone or a mug, it’s REALLY hard to get your fingers to cooperate and look delicate instead of clunky and awkward.

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ANGRY IN NANTUCKET | May 27, 2016
This was another photo prompt for some underrated reads and I chose books by Louise Rozett and Leila Howland. Another simple, clean photo turned out be one of my favorites.

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OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS | May 12, 2016
This photo was a totally random moment that I took after a day on the floor of BEA 2016. I had just stacked up my books on the bed to assess what I had picked up and was chilling out with my delicious Starbucks when I decided to snap a photo of my current view because it looked like the perfect photo opp. I think all I did was make sure the coffee was at a good angle and move that clutch further into the photo frame to round it out and it turned out pretty awesome! I think this is actually the Instagram photo of mine with the most likes ever. Go figure!

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Are you a bookstagrammer? Do you take the time to set up photos or is it just more work than it’s worth for you?

Top Ten Tuesday – February 21, 2017: Ten Black Sheep Moments

 

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 21, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Ten Books I Loved More/Less Than I Thought I Would and I opted to share my black sheep moments!

I feel like more and more lately I’ve become the black sheep on so many popular books. My best friends loved them. The general population loved them. They’re incredible well-rated books. There the most popular books in the country right now… But they’re just not the books for me.

Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic prompted a sharing of books that we loved more or less than we thought we would and I wanted to share some of those black sheep moments that I’ve had, whether recently or in the past. Some of these may shock you. Some of these may cause you to unfriend me or throw your books at me or jump up and down screaming “How could you possibly think that!?” but you know… finding a fellow black sheep is kind of an amazing feeling. I try not to dwell on a negative opinion but when I find someone else who’s in the incredibly small portion of people who didn’t like a popular book, I immediately stop by and say, “Hey, me too!”

So after babbling on and on (maybe I’m just delaying it because of fear of all the judging that is about to happen!), here are my Top Ten Black Sheep Books!


AN EMBER IN THE ASHES by Sabaa Tahir
Goodreads average rating: 4.32 stars | My rating: DNF

Ummmm yeahhhhhh. I didn’t finish this one. I started listening on audio WITH TWO OF MY FAVORITE NARRATORS and was bored and annoyed and felt like the book wasn’t doing anything new. Prophecies, blah. It was too perfect and too convenient. I tried picking up my ARC and just couldn’t get into it. Meh. | My Review


THE FAULT IN OUR STARS by John Green
Goodreads average rating: 4.28 stars | My rating: 3 stars

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THE FAULT IN OUR STARS is the highest-rated book on my “black sheep” books list. I had never read a John Green book before this and everyone raaaaved how much they loved it so obviously I had very high hopes! What I found was just… not the best. The teens were way too well-spoken (like more than adults EVER are) and the conversations just felt unrealistic and pretentious. It was my first John Green book and I haven’t really found one since that I loved. | My Review


THE FEMALE OF THE SPECIES by Mindy McGinnis
Goodreads average rating: 4.27 stars | My rating: 3 – 3.5 stars

I guess this was more of a black sheep book in the sense that I was left confused in so many ways on how I felt about it. Main character Alex was emotionally cold and closed-off and yet she was extremely over-feeling. The ending of the book infuriated me and yet it was also kind of the only way it could end. Things like that left me with an overall feeling of confusion. I was totally on board with the overall message and the fact that McGinnis didn’t shy away from sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll (okay, or just sex and drugs). But I also really, really didn’t like the unnecessary involvement of animal abuse. If it needed to be included, it could have been for a plot point and instead, there was no point to it. | My Review


THE GOOSE GIRL by Shannon Hale
Goodreads average rating: 4.18 stars | My rating: 2 stars

I read this with Alyssa and Amy as an On the Same Page buddy read because it was one of Amy’s favorite books and… I was surprised she didn’t ditch me because of my feelings on the book. I actually *whispers almost inaudibly* kiiiind of skimmed the end? I don’t know why but I just could not get into this book. It just wasn’t my thing. | My Review


CARAVAL by Stephanie Garber
Goodreads average rating: 4.15 stars | My rating: 3 stars

CARAVAL was a good example of one of those horrible, horrible black sheep moments. The one where I’m SURE I’ll love the book. The moment where I’m so confident that I break my rule of getting ARCs (much less books) personalized and save my extra manuscript copy (which has now gone to a good home) because I don’t want to get rid of them, just in case I need them for a future collection. Instead, it’s goodbye spare copies and I don’t even want a finished copy. I was really disappointed in CARAVAL. It was entertaining enough but I don’t understand what people saw in it. The world was too all-over-the-place, I hated the sister relationship, and the ending was crap. The imagery was amazingly gorgeous and the boy was swoony but that wasn’t enough to save the book for me. If anyone needs an ARC and you don’t mind my name in it… I won’t need it! | My Review


UPROOTED by Naomi Novik
Goodreads average rating: 4.14 stars | My rating: 2.5 – 3 stars

 

This was another book that I read with Alyssa and Amy that they loved and I didn’t (seriously, why are they still friends with me?) but at least I was able to pinpoint that it was a style clash with me. I don’t need all action all the time to enjoy a book but the pacing in UPROOTED felt slow and detailed and I just had a really hard time pushing through it. I ended up speed-reading (aka skimming) parts until I came around to a bit more going on in the end. When it came down to it, it was just a style issue for me.


KIDS OF APPETITE by David Arnold
Goodreads average rating: 4.08 stars | My rating: 3 stars

I didn’t end up reading MOSQUITOLAND before I read KIDS OF APPETITE but I had heard nothing but good things for David Arnold’s book! I had also met him a year or two ago and he was just such a wonderful person… But I really didn’t enjoy KIDS OF APPETITE. Again, it was a style thing for the most part, combined with a bit too much repetition (I don’t ever want to hear the word “racehorse” again). Something about it just wasn’t for me and it actually kind of reminded me of John Green’s books which as we know from this post are not really for me. | My Review


 

SHATTER ME by Tahereh Mafi
Goodreads average rating: 4.02 stars | My rating: DNF

Shatter Me

This book should have been so me in concept, especially around the time when it came out… but I just could not stand the writing. All the strikethroughs drove me nuts and I just had a really hard time reading it. I eventually gave up and despite the awesome ratings, never felt the pull to come back to it.


TRUTHWITCH by Susan Dennard
Goodreads average rating: 3.94 stars | My rating: 2 stars

I spent WEEKS reading TRUTHWITCH. I just could not get into it. This had the makings of a perfect Brittany book but it just did not come together for me. For starters, I started with the audio and hated the narrator. Like one of the worst narrators I have ever, ever listened to. Everything was overacted and just not in line with the character personalities. BUT that problem is easily solved — I just switched to my print copy… which I had purchased so I could keep reading. And still took weeks to finish it. I just wanted so, so much more from the world-building, from the romance, and even from the friendship. I just didn’t feel any of it jiving… not to mention it was hyped up in SEPTEMBER allllllll the way until January when it was released. That’s way too much hype. | My review


THREE DARK CROWNS by Kendare Blake
Goodreads average rating: 3.86 stars | My rating: 3 stars

This one doesn’t seem too bad from Goodreads average rating to my own rating but SO many of my friends gave this four stars and a lot of them gave it five “this book is amazing” stars. I… didn’t get it. The pacing was slow, which in retrospect was in part because it was the first in a series which Goodreads had not noted when I first picked it up so I thought I was reading a stand alone. How. Killer. Then again, even if I had known I was reading the first in a series, it still would have been slow. The world was interesting and I loved getting to know the three queen sisters and yet I was still missing so much. I wanted a lot more depth from each girl and I felt like not a whole lot happened until the very end and things got good on like, the last page! Plus there was a very dumb love triangle that felt totally unnecessary and I hated it (and love triangles usually don’t bother me). I don’t know if I’ll keep reading the series, mostly because I’m mad at it. | My Review


Those are my big, old black sheep books! (Please don’t yell at me!) So fellow black sheep… let’s unite! I know these are big fan-favorites among many but I want to hear from the fellow black sheep on these. Who else is out there!?

Top Ten Tuesday – February 14, 2017: Friends-to-More Romance

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
February 14, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was All About X Romance/Trope! I have so many favorites but friends-to-more is one of my top choices for romance!  

The Friends-to-More romance is one of my favorite tropes! Whether it’s best friends who have known each other for a long time or two recent friends who start to have feelings for each other, I just love the trope in any way! I’ve created a few posts about it including the Best-Friend-Turned-Boyfriend post (both one and two) and I started compiling a Comprehensive List for my favorite trope, which I hope to keep updated the more books I find that fit the list! Here are a few of my favorites for today’s Top Ten Tuesday!

ON THE FENCE by Kasie West  | Goodreads | Amazon

ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS is my go-to for this trope but you know what… I MAY love the romance in ON THE FENCE even more. Dare I say it? ANNA will still be my top contemp but I just love this one from Kasie West!


ANNA AND THE FRENCH KISS by Stephanie Perkins | Goodreads | Amazon

My top contemporary booooook! I’m sure if you’ve been on my blog, you know everything that I have to say on this.


The Elemental Trilogy by Sherry Thomas | Goodreads | Amazon

Titus and Iolanthe!!!! They became an instant OTP as soon as I started reading this series. Gah, I just love them in every way.


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EMMY & OLIVER by Robin Benway | Goodreads | Amazon

I haven’t read many books that are childhood friends reuniting after being apart for a long time and this story from Robin Benway was touching, swoony, and serious all at the same time!


Shadow and Bone

The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo |  Goodreads | Amazon

I was one person who did not ship Alina and the Darkling in this series. I was more more Alina/Mal, especially towards the end of the series! They were just MEANT to be together!


The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins |  Goodreads | Amazon

The romance is actually my least favorite part of this entire series but I was way more Team Gale than I ever was Team Peeta! I’m just a sucker for that best-friends-to-more.


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The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater |  Goodreads | Amazon

Basically this whole series is friends-to-more, and kind of in more than one way. I love the all encompassing friendships and romances here!


When Joss Met Matt Eliie Cahill Liz Czukas

WHEN JOSS MET MATT by Ellie Cahill |  Goodreads | Amazon

Funny, adorable, sexy, and swoony — I fell head over heels for WHEN JOSS MET MATT and if you’re looking for a good New Adult book, you totally need to read this one!


Say whaaaat? This is all I have for friends-to-more!? Tell me what other books you loved featuring this trope!

 

Top Ten Tuesday – January 31, 2017: All About the Visuals

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
January 31, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was All About the Visuals

So this topic was meant to be about things like graphic novels, comics, or picture books but to be honest… I really don’t read any of those! I tried to come up with something visual and I wanted to go look for book-related graphics and just didn’t do a good enough job of pinning them on my Pinterest account sooooo. I apologize in advance but I’m sharing the graphics that I’ve made for my blog instead! I hope it doesn’t feel too self-promo like BUT it’s also a fun time to share some older posts with graphics that some new blog followers may not have seen or things that just got lost along the way!


One of my favorite graphics series is the collection of “If You Liked…” posts! I select a book (or sometimes TV show, in the case of Gilmore Girls) and pick book recommendations based off of it! I’m SUPER picky about my book recommendations and sometimes they do venture a little off base if you don’t know where I’m going with them so I have full explanations down below the graphic in each post too!

My very first graphics that I ever started was a series that I cleverly (or maybe just a bad pun) called The Book Addict’s GUIDE and I picked a topic to recommend my favorite books! These were less read alikes, more just my favorites in a particular topic! The first ones are SUPER old and so outdated (like omg, four years by now) so start with the later ones (end of the list) if you want better graphics and more recent recommendations!

My last set of graphics that I do on my blog are all on the older side since I haven’t run and polls or surveys in forever! They were so much fun but gathering all of that data, sorting, adding, and then setting it all up in a graphic of my own design was a lot of work!! I would love to do one again but I don’t see it happening any time soon!

 


 Do you do any graphics for your blog or any social media? If you enjoy any of these series, let me know if there’s something you want to see! I’m always looking for ideas!

Top Ten Tuesday – January 24, 2017: Top Books I’ve Been Waiting Ages For

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
January 24, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was a freebie and I got inspired by my Goodreads list and selected
Ten Books I’ve Been Waiting Ages For

I’ve hopped onto some fandoms a little bit late but don’t worry… these are some epic series that take and epic amount of time to finish! Now I’m not usually one of those people who is like, “Hurry up, already” to their favorite authors but I just cannoooot wait for the following sequels to be released! They’re so epic that I’m so excited for them and I’m constantly stalking checking these authors’ websites and social media accounts for any details on their release dates!

  1. THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN (Gentleman Bastards #4) by Scott Lynch | The Gentleman Bastards series has become one of my all-time favorites! I LOVE the characters, the setting, and clever plot. I inhaled the first three books which were long but they didn’t feel like it and I cannot wait for the final and true release date of THE THORN OF EMBERLAIN!
  2. DOORS OF STONE (The Kingkiller Chronicle #3) by Patrick Rothfuss | Another fantasy series that I absolutely loved and pretty much inhaled. I’m so anxious for any news on DOORS OF STONE but not much has surfaced yet.
  3. WINDS OF WINTER (A Song of Ice and Fire #6) by George R.R. Martin | I mean, does this really need any explanation? I ended up… I guess bingeing the series (over the course of a year though) and I’m so far behind on the show that I’m just dying for the next book… As are we all…
  4. THERE’S SOMEONE INSIDE YOUR HOUSE by Stephanie Perkins | This has been an untitled horror story listed on Goodreads for ages and I can’t wait for something new from Stephanie Perkins that’s outside of an anthology! I’m super excited for it, although I’m such a fan of her love stories that I don’t know how horror is going to go but I’m excited nonetheless!
  5. THE ATZLANTIAN (The Rithmatist #2) by Brandon Sanderson | Okay, so I only just read THE RITHMATIST last year but I did absolutely love it. I thought it was a stand-alone for a little bit until it ended and then found out it was a series! There’s no specific release date for this one but it looks like we’ll be waiting a while. Brandon Sanderson is awesome and has shared full schedules for everything that he’s writing and planning and this one seems to be a while out but I guess it doesn’t really matter since I read everything that he writes and I’ll be reading something of his sometime soon.
  6. STRANGE THE DREAMER by Laini Taylor | The date for this one got pushed back and I’ve been so anxiously awaiting its release! I’ve been dying for more Laini Taylor!
  7. HELLO, SUNSHINE by Leila Howland | I adooooored NANTUCKET BLUE and NANTUCKET RED and I’ve been waiting for a new YA release from Leila Howland! She’s released a few middle grade books but since I don’t read MG, I’ve been waiting for a new young adult! This one finally has a release date for this summer and I couldn’t be more excited!
  8. THE EYE OF ANDROMEDA (The Age of X #3) by Richelle Mead | I wasn’t SUPER into this series but it really was enjoyable and I got more into it with the second book! I was so disappointed with Richelle Mead’s new YA series that I’m sad this one got put on the back burner and there’s not even a release date for it.
  9. VENGEFUL (Vicious #2) by V.E. Schwab | I’m actually not a big V.E. Schwab fan but I did really enjoy VICIOUS a lot. I think this book was kind of put on hold and may not happen but if it does, I’m excited to read it!
  10. PROPHECY OF OZ by Megan Shan | I added this book to my TBR over four years ago in 2012… is this thing ever going to happen? It sounded super awesome and I haven’t heard a peep since!

Which of these books are you waiting for too? Let’s wait anxiously together!

Top Ten Tuesday – January 2, 2017: Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

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January 2, 2017

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Ten 2017 Debuts I’m Looking Forward To

I feel like I’ve had a hard time with debuts lately but then I look back and 2016 debuts like THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD, THE CROWN’S GAME, and REBEL OF THE SANDS which were some of my favorite books of the year! 2017 has a lot to promise as well and these are some debuts that I’ll be making room for!


TO CATCH A KILLER by Sheryl Scarborough

Sheryl Scarborogh has a few other works listed on Goodreads but this appears to be the first full-length YA novel. I love mystery/thrillers and this sounds perfect for me!

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QUEENS OF GEEK by Jen Wylde

I’ve had a hard time with Swoon Reads books but this one looked too cute to pass up! I love geek-chic and this sounds like so much fun!

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GEEKERELLA by Ashley Poston

I’m actually reading this right now and it’s super cute! Everything is stacking up to create an adorable and geeky romance.

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IT STARTED WITH GOODBYE by Christina June

This book sounds positively wonderful and I’ve been fortunate enough to meet and hang out with the lovely Christina June at BEA! I’m so excited that she’s going to have her novel published and I can’t wait to read it this year!!

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ROYAL BASTARDS by Andrew Shvarts

This just sounds like YA Gentlemen Bastards with a possible Game of Thrones feel… But really, it’s high fantasy and I’m all in.

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DAUGHTER OF THE BURNING CITY by Amanda Foody

This totally sounds like it might have a Night Circus feel and I need it in my life ASAP!

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SHIMMER AND BURN by Mary Taranta

Magic, family, danger, and look how gorgeous this cover is! Plus, it’s a duology and I can totally get behind that.

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I’m a few short of ten, but those are the 2017 debuts I’m most excited for! I have a few more on TBR that are debuts but I don’t know if I’m super psyched about them. These are the ones I definitely want to make a priority!

Top Ten Tuesday – December 27, 2016: Ten Best Books of 2016

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TOP TEN TUESDAY
December 27, 2016

It’s Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by the wonderful blog at The Broke and the Bookish! This week’s topic was Top Ten Best Books of 2016

Usually choosing a “best of” list for the whole year is really hard… But I feel like 2016 was a little easier than most years! I don’t know if I’m being pickier or just read a number of books that I didn’t jive with but there were some clear winners of 2016 for me and then the rest sort of fell in line. Here are my 2016 choices for best books!


THE LOVE THAT SPLIT THE WORLD by Emily Henry

I totally fell in love with Emily Henry’s debut novel! It was interesting, beautifully written, involved a little time travel/world crossing, and had an epic love.

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THE BANDS OF MOURNING by Brandon Sanderson

I am a huuuuge Mistborn fan and I gobble these books up as soon as they’re released. Things picked up incredibly with the 6th book in the Mistborn world and I just loved the audio (as always).

Goodreads | Review


THE CROWN’S GAME by Evelyn Skye

I was immediately whisked away by the magic of this book and the intense love for the characters shortly followed. This was one of my favorite debuts of 2016 and I can’t wait for its sequel!

Goodreads | Review


REBEL OF THE SANDS by Alwyn Hamilton

REBEL OF THE SANDS was my other favorite 2016 debut and although it really wasn’t like SHADOW AND BONE at all, its tone and characters kind of reminded me of the spunk, confidence, and excellence of Leigh Bardugo’s characters. I can’t wait to get more of everything in this series!

Goodreads | Review


THE RAVEN KING by Maggie Stiefvater

I actually don’t think THE RAVEN KING is my favorite of the Raven Cycle (that honor probably goes to BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE) but this series favorite is in my top ten of 2016 list because I can’t get enough of these characters. Everything is amazing and I may have issues with series enders but I still loved THE RAVEN KING from start to finish!

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P.S. I LIKE YOU by Kasie West

Kasie West is one of my favorite Queens of Contemporary and PS I LIKE YOU almost took the top spot of Kasie West books in my line-up… But I think I still like ON THE FENCE just a bit more. This book was so darn cute, so much fun, and just a delight all around.

Goodreads | Review


GEMINA by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

I waiting in line at BEA for three hours, give or take, for an ARC of GEMINA and it was totally. worth it. Aime Kaufman and Jay Kristoff are pure geniuses with this series and I loved how it was a sequel and companion all at the same time, plus the mind-blowing twists and turns!

Goodreads | Review


THE ELEMENTAL TRILOGY by Sherry Thomas

I binge-read this trilogy on audio this year so I’m including all three books because I couldn’t get enough of them! I loved the worth, LOVED the characters, and LOVED the romance. It was sheer excellence.

Goodreads | Review


CROOKED KINGDOM by Leigh Bardugo

What would a top ten list be without Leigh Barudgo? CROOKED KINGDOM was such an amazing follow-up to SIX OF CROWS and I loved the series closer in book two instead of it going on to a trilogy. These characters, this setting, the banter, the gang… it’s all utter perfection. Leigh Bardugo makes me laugh, cry, cheer, and shout!

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER by Kerri Maniscalco

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STALKING JACK THE RIPPER appealed to me on a different level than some of the other books on my top ten list because it just had that overall feel of a book I connected with rather than pulling specific things out here and there. I just loved the mystery, the feel, the strong female character, the darkness, and the romance. Kerri Maniscalco is also a delight and such a wonderful author to chat and work with. I cannot wait for the continuation of adventures for these characters in the next book!

Goodreads | Review


Which books top your Best of 2016 list? Do we share any big favorites? Any surprises you saw and agree with?