25 Favorite Books I Read in 2018

You guys… I tried making this post 18 Favorite Books I Read in 2018, but GODDAMNIT I READ 160 BOOKS THIS YEAR AND HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO NARROW THAT LIST DOWN TO JUST 18 FAVORITES?!

It wasn’t worth being cute. Anytime I thought about cutting a book from this list, I felt a deep sense of betrayal and I was pretty sure the Book Gods would smite me.

Also… I 100% cheated and put books in a series together if I loved them all, so… whatever. THIS IS MY BLOG I CAN DO WHAT I WANT!

#dramaqueen

Anyway, Happy New Years Eve! I’ve been loving reading your End of the Year Wrap-ups. I hope you enjoy this one:

 

Here are my favorite books that I read in 2018:

In no particular order.

Madly, Darkly Duet by Trisha Wolfe

This extremely dark romance is the first of its kind that I read and absolutely adored. These were the first books by Trisha Wolfe that I read, and I was hooked. Her way with words are basically magic.

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

This was a recent read for me, and it was 100% worth the hype. I’ve been so into contemporary lately, it definitely took a book like this to pull me back into the fantasy worlds I love.

Until it Fades by KA Tucker

I was so surprised by this novel because it is a trope that I’m not a big fan of and usually avoid (single mother trope), however, it is also a sports romance (which is one of my favorites), so when my sister recommended it to me and told me the premise (a girl rescues a man who happens to be a famous athlete), I decided to read it despite my hesitations, and I’m so glad I did!

Caraval & Legendary by Stephanie Garber

I was absolutely swept away by Caraval and fell even harder in love with this world and its characters in Legendary. In fact, Legendary’s MC, Tella, is one of my all-time favorite MCs.

From Lukov with Love by Mariana Zapata

I mean… this is a love-to-hate, ice skating sports romance, what more can I ask for? Also, Mariana Zapata’s hilarious name-calling and put-downs in this were so epic.

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4 Authors I Fell in Love With in 2018

I’m trying really hard to pretend that my vacation is coming to an end by staying in bed all day and reading/updating the blog.

For some reason, my vacations seem so much shorter when I’m running around doing things the entire time. I feel like it’s much longer when I sit around and read all day.

Does anyone else feel like this?

Maybe it’s an introvert thing.

Anyway, I’ve been seeing similar posts like this all around the blogosphere and I thought I’d list the authors I’ve discovered and loved this year.

So, here’s to all the authors who made my 2018 reading experience exceptional.

 

Trisha Wolfe

I did my very first author spotlight on Trisha because she has pretty much taken over my blog this year ever since I read the Darkly, Madly Duet.

 

Lauren Layne

I feel like Lauren Layne came out of nowhere for me. I went into Blurred Lines with no real expectations and ended up re-reading it again within a few games because I loved it so much. I read three more of her books (I Knew You Were Trouble, Irresistibly Yours, and Good Girl) and really enjoyed all of them.

 

Helen Hoang

I loved everything about The Kiss Quotient and I’m so excited about the movie and her next book!

 

Lauren Blakely

I have no idea where I have been, but I’ve recently fallen absolutely in love with Lauren Blakely thanks to Wanderlust. The best part is that I found her after she’d already published a bunch of books I was able to binge on thanks to the Romance Package on Audible!

 

2019 Blogging Resolutions

First, I just want to say that I typed up this entire effing post, proceeded to delete it, and then fiendishly hit UNDO UNDO UNDO to no avail.

Lesson learned.

It was one of those things where I want to flip out and throw my laptop across the room, but at the end of the day, there is 100% nothing I can do about it except sigh, accept my fate, and re-freaking-write.

Beaucoup Books was actually the one that unintentionally inspired this post. She commented on my recent Reading Resolutions post saying that she wanted to start blogging more and it gave me the idea to share my blogging resolutions.

Twice, apparently.

And here we are.

 

Keep a regular blogging schedule

When I’m on a roll, I tend to post every day. When I get super busy and/or overwhelmed, though, I end up disappearing for a few days at a time, but I always miss it and come back. My hope is that I maintain my habit of pre-scheduling posts a few days in advance so that I’m not trying to actually update every day.

 

Post my reviews to Goodreads right away (or in a more timely manner)

I am the worst about posting the reviews I post here to Goodreads/Audible/Amazon. Once it’s posted here, I always forget to share it on those sites. I think I just need to make it part of my routine.

 

Make a post about my blogging calendar

I’ve had the idea of sharing my blogging calendar and routine with you ever since I think I’ve finally perfected it (after trying out several different routes). I’d also love to see how you plan posts and keep track of your post ideas!

 

Catch up with my reviews (and keep up with them!)

I am so embarrassingly behind on writing my reviews. Typically, I write my reviews immediately after finishing a book, but ever since The Big Book Rush of 2018 in which I read 12 books in one week, I fell behind. I was concentrating so hard at hitting my Goodreads Goal, that writing reviews became secondary.

 

Make more time to read friends’ posts

I love getting inspiration for blog posts and inspiration for what to read from my blogger friends, but I know that I tend to neglect my feed. I want to make time at least every other day to read and comment on your posts!

 

Respond to comments in a timely manner

Sometimes I just don’t think to check WordPress and I end up missing comments when they are posted! I’m thinking while I am setting aside to read my feed, I’ll check comments at the same time.

 

Post my reading vlogs here on my blog

I’ve been filming quick little Reading Vlogs on my Instagram account for the past few days and my hope is that it’s something I can keep up with and upload to YouTube weekly so that I can share them here. It’s so easy just to record quick video snippets and take a quick picture here and there throughout my day about what I’m doing and what I’m reading. I think it’d be fun to share them here.

 

 

What are your blogging resolutions? Let me know if you make a post or comment your resolutions here.

 

Maybe Someday (Maybe #1) by Colleen Hoover *Favorite Read*

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Overall Rating: 5 Stars
Title: Maybe Someday
Author: Colleen Hoover
Series: Maybe #1
Format: Audiobook purchased from Audible

Synopsis:
Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble—she’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life. But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope….

Maybe someday…

Colleen Hoover draws you in to this passionate tale of music, love and betrayal…

GOODREADS

Review

I am still swooning from this novel and I may never stop.

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The End of the Year Book Tag: 2018 Edition

2019 is coming up fast and last year I saw this tag going around and never ended up doing it. This year when I saw it over on Kelly’s blog, I decided I’d go ahead and do it now.

Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?


I’m pretty picky about finishing books. If I’m not feeling it by the first few chapters, I tend to set them aside. I have way too many books I want to read, I just don’t have it in me to struggle through books that aren’t for me. This doesn’t mean I won’t give them another try or that I think they’re horrible, most of the time I’m just not in the mood. The books I didn’t read this year were:
xo, Zach by Kendall Ryan – This was just feeling kind of bland to me at the time. To be fair, I was in a pretty epic book slump.
Midnight Blue by L.J. Shen – I just did not love any of the characters in this one.
Company Ink by Kat Colburn – I did actually enjoy the first couple of chapters of this, but for some reason I kept putting this one down in favor of other books.
Groupie (Texas Mutiny #2) by M.E. Carter – This book was so cringey and gratuitous for me. I just couldn’t do it.
Royally Raised (Royally #3.5) by Emma Chase – I LOVE this couple in Royally Matched, but I found I was getting a bit disenchanted with them as I read this, so I just put it down.
Rival (Fall Away #2) by Penelope Douglas – I 100% could not get into this. I struggled through the first book because trusted friends really liked it, I kept hoping for it to get better and it never did. I couldn’t do it again.

Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?
I’m a mood reader and right now I’m reading Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor. I swear I’ve been reading this series for years and it’s about time I finish it.

Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?
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Finale by Stephanie Garber!

What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?


With the exceptionally slow pace that I’ve been reading lately, the chances are slim I will finish three by the end of the year, but these are the three I’m reading at the moment.

Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?
Nah.

Have you already started making reading plans for 2019?
Yes! Here are my Reading Resolutions for 2019.

10 Books on my Kindle That I Plan to Read in 2019

First, before we dive in… to everyone that celebrates:

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I’m writing this post a few days before it goes live and I imagine right now I am likely cleaning up wrapping paper or putting together toys or playing with the girls and their new toys.

If you want a peek in my life, find me in Instagram @inloveandwords!

I’ve been updating my Instagram Stories with a Winter Break Reading Vlog. I’ll eventually upload it to YouTube and post it here, but if you want to follow along live, please add me! I’d love to see what you’re up to as well!

Anyway, here are 10 books I’ve had on my Kindle for a while that I want to read in 2019:

The Good Luck Charm by Helena Hunting

I’m obsessed with Helena’s Pucked series and this book looks so cute. I got in on sale when it first came out, but never got around to reading it.

 

Sweet Sinful Nights (Sinful Nights, #1) by Lauren Blakely

I can’t recall exactly when or how I came across this – I have a feeling it was free – but I got it before I fell in love with Lauren Blakely and now I’m so glad I bought this!

 

Beginner’s Guide: Love and Other Chemical Reactions by Six de los Reyes

This has been on my TBR forever. It just looks so, so good. I got it for free several months ago thinking that I would read it right away, but I never got around to it.

 

Hopeless (Hopeless, #1) by Colleen Hoover

I am one of many Colleen Hoover fans, and I anticipate reading all of her books. I’m not even sure what this one is about, I just know that it’s by Colleen Hoover and I’m sold. I’m pretty sure this was a freebie, too!

 

Forget Me Not (Forget Me Not, #1) by Willow Winters

Willow Winters has been at a few book convention I’ve been to and I always tell myself that I’m going to read one of her books before I meet her, but I have yet to actually do so. I’m determined to read this before Shameless 2019!

 

Marriage Games (The Games Duet, #1) by C.D. Reiss

CD Reiss is another author I fell in love with this year! The first book I read by her was King of Code and I was sold. This was either free or on Kindle Unlimited.

 

Cards of Love: Five of Cups by Trisha Wolfe

I’m currently reading this and, as always, I’m in love with Trisha’s writing. I’m not sure what to expect from this book, but even if I don’t love the story, I’m already impressed by the writing.

 

Forever Right Now by Emma Scott

Just like the hard copy book I have from Emma, I started searching for her books after reading the Full Tilt duet.

 

Lost in Me (Here and Now Book 1) by Lexi Ryan

Lexi Ryan is another popular romance author that I don’t know too much about and when I saw this freebie, I grabbed it and decided to pop my cherry.

 

Beneath This Mask (Beneath #1) by Meghan March

I’ve only read one book by Meghan March and I really liked it. This book looks very interesting and I’m excited to read it!

 

 

What books are sitting on your Kindle that you are hoping to get to in 2019?

25 Books On My Bookshelf I Plan to Read in 2019 {Part 1: Hard Copies}

First of all… Merry Christmas Eve to those that celebrate! I’m writing this a few days before it is going to post and I’m sure when this is posted, I’ll be knee-deep in wrapping paper, trying to get all the girls’ gifts wrapped.

Yesterday I posted my Bookish New Years Resolutions and one of them was to actually read books that I already own. What a thought! LOL!

These are the books from my bookshelf that I am planning to read in 2019:

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Sure Thing by Jana Aston

I was lucky enough to purchase this book directly from the author at Shameless Book Con back in October. I’ve read (and loved) Jana’s Wrong series and I knew I wanted to try out another one of her books. The synopsis appealed to me, so I chose this one.

Hardwired (Hacker, #1) by Meredith Wild

I’ve seen Meredith at a couple of book conventions and I keep meaning to read her books. I happened to find this book on sale at Books-a-Million last year and brought it to Shameless for her to sign. It’s time to see if she becomes a new favorite author!

On the Way to You by Kandi Steiner

I was so excited to see that Kandi was going to be at Shameless this year because I’d just finished reading Love Letter to Whiskey and absolutely loved it. I new I wanted to try another one of her books, so I chose this one to purchase from her at the convention.

Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch

This was another book I found at Books-a-Million as part of their Buy 2 Get One Free sale. I’d seen this on Goodreads and added it to my TBR awhile ago. Plus I’m in love with the cover and have it displayed on my bookshelf.

Passenger (Passenger, #1) by Alexandra Bracken

I saw this book all over Tumblr and I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while. This was on sale at Books-a-Million, so I got this book and the next book in the series: Wayfarer.

Up in the Treehouse by K.K. Allen

I’m currently reading this one and I’m still on the fence about it. I originally saw this all over Goodreads a while ago, so I added it to my TBR. KK Allen was also at Shameless, so I purchased this copy directly from the author.

The Fortunes of Indigo Skye by Deb Caletti

I love, love, love Deb Caletti, but I haven’t read a book by her in YEARS. I actually had two copies of this book for the longest time… so long in fact that I don’t really remember when or where I bought it. I’m excited to get back into her books again.

The Belles (The Belles #1) by Dhonielle Clayton

The one and only giveaway I’ve ever won was on Twitter for this book. I was so excited about this book when it came out not too long ago.

In Harmony by Emma Scott

Emma Scott won my heart after I read the Full Tilt duology and I flipped out when I found out she was going to Shameless. She was so sweet when my sister and I went to her table to buy this book because we told her how much she made us cry and she gave us a hug LOL! Anyway, I knew I wanted to buy another one of her books and this was the one that I chose when we went to the convention.

Finnikin of the Rock(Lumatere Chronicles, #1) by Melina Marchetta

This was an exciting find at my parents’ library book sale a couple of years ago. I’d seen this book all over Tumblr and was so excited to find it for a few cents! I can’t wait to see what all the buzz is about.

 

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The Bourbon Kings (The Bourbon Kings, #1) by J.R. Ward

To be honest, I wasn’t entirely sure if I wanted to read this until I spotted this book at a used book store (that no longer exists, womp womp). I don’t really know what this is about and I’ve only ever read (and really enjoyed) some of the Black Dagger Brotherhood books by JR… but I’m ready to see what else she has to offer.

Covet (Fallen Angels, #1) by J.R. Ward

I actually bought this book back when I was reading all the BDB books, but I ended up getting kind of burned out on that series and couldn’t bring myself to read this one even though I love the premise (angels!). Many years have passed since I’ve read a BDB book, so I’m so ready for this.

Hard as It Gets (Hard Ink, #1) by Laura Kaye

As you may or may not know, I’m obsessed with Laura Kaye’s novella duology Hearts in Darkness and I’ve been wanting to read more of her books. I wasn’t too impressed with Her Forbidden Hero, but I’m not giving up just yet! I’ve heard good things about this series and when I found most of the books from this series at a used bookstore, I bought them all. I was able to bring them to Shameless and have her sign it, too!

Drumline by Stacy Kestwick

Stacy was at Shameless as well and I knew right away that I needed to buy this book. I’d seen it all over Goodreads when it first came out and I like the unique premise.

My Dear Hamilton: A Novel of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton by Stephanie Dray

I actually saw this book at the pop up bookstore at Shameless and bought it even though the author wasn’t at the convention. I’m super intrigued by this book!

The Distance Between Us by Kasie West

I really like Kasie West and I know that my niece is drooling after this book, so I’m mostly bumping this up so that I can let her borrow it when I’m done.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

I’m obsessed with these movies and I’ve been really wanting to read this book.

The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick

I found this book at the library book store as well. I wasn’t originally planning on reading it, but when I saw it for just a few cents, I figured I’d give it a shot then watch the movie afterwards.

The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Caletti
I fell in love with Deb Caletti’s books almost several years ago and read quite a few of them. I picked this one up around the same time and never got around to reading it. I can’t wait to jump back in to her books again.

Incarceron (Incarceron, #1) by Catherine Fisher

I believe I bought this book new from Borders back when they were still around. I don’t fully remember what made me pick this book, but I’m still very curious about it.
 

Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

I love love love Laini Taylor (I mean, who doesn’t?) and I adore this series, but for some reason is has taken me so long to get through it! I swear I started reading this series like 5 years ago.

The Illumination by Kevin Brockmeier

I remember standing in Barnes & Noble, like, 7 years ago picking up this book and deciding to buy it. I, however, cannot remember what it is about, but I think it’s about time I figure it out.

Immortal Beloved (Immortal Beloved, #1) by Cate Tiernan

I’ve heard great things about this book and I loved her Wiccan series, so I can’t wait to read this!

The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court #1) by Richelle Mead

I bought this book from the Bargain section at Barnes and Noble about a year or so ago. I love Richelle Mead’s Vampire Academy and her Georgina Kincaid series. I couldn’t really get through Bloodlines or Gameboard of the Gods, but I’m definitely curious about this one. I actually had my daughter pick out a book from my shelves that she thought I should read this year and she chose this one.

Helen of Troy by Margaret George

 
I bought this at Barnes and Noble many, many moons ago. Back when I had the time to spend my evenings there, browsing the shelves and buying bunches of books. It’s a huge book and just as intimidating as it is intriguing.

 

What books are on your shelves that you haven’t read yet, but would like to? Have you read any of these?

My Bookish New Years Resolutions

Before I jump in, who else here on WordPress absolutely hates the new Block Editor?

I’m usually pretty good at catching onto software updates, but this block editor thing has been annoying the crap out of me. I switch back and forth between the Visual and HTML editor pretty often and I find that it’s a pain in the butt!

Anyway, I’m so sorry for starting this out on a negative note LOL! Totes just had to vent for a second there.

I love, love, love this time of year in the blogging world. I love reading your yearly wrap-ups, your favorite reads of the year, your new resolutions, how you did on your old ones… it’s just a bunch of fantastic content!

I’m posting my bookish resolutions a little early this year because, for some reason, they popped into my head and I needed to write them down anyway, so here we are.

 

2019 Bookish Resolutions

 

Read at least 25 physical books I already own

I am notorious for hoarding hard copies of books and never reading them. I’m partial to audiobooks, but I can’t help my love for physical books either. Granted the main reason why I collect books is because I’m obsessed with finding great book deals, but also because I love filling my library with #allthebooks.

Sitting down and reading a physical book is so hard for me to justify with my schedule because I can’t do anything else but read. While listening to an audiobook, I can be productive in some way and my personal time is so limited, it’s hard for me to sit down and read these days. I need to remedy this because I truly do love having a physical book in my hands.

Also, I really need to read all these freaking books I have sitting around.

 

Read at least 10 ebooks I already own

I’ve been a lot better about hoarding eBooks, but I still have, like, 200 books on my Kindle that are begging to be read.

 

Read all the audiobooks I already own

With the Romance Package that I have, I’ve been rotating out Romance Package books instead of reading the books I’ve actually purchased with credits in the past. I’ve canceled my regular Audible membership simply so that I could focus on reading all the books I already own before purchasing more, and I’ve actually already started doing a good job of that… I think I only have a handful to go through before I work my way through Romance Novel picks!

 

Continue cleaning up my Goodreads TBR list

Including my Bye Bye Books series has helped me out SO MUCH. I have over 1,000 books on my Goodreads TBR, most of which I do not own and have added back in 2010 when I first got on to Goodreads. My tastes have changed drastically since then and as I’ve been doing these posts, I’ve realized just how much. When I first got onto Goodreads I spent a ridiculous amount of time adding books to my TBR all willy-nilly as if I were immortal and could read them all.

 

Attend at least 1 book convention

I 100% plan on attending Shameless Book Con for my 3rd year in a row because I always have so much fun!

 

Read (a few) more books outside of my comfort zone

I’m unabashedly obsessed with romance novels and am of the mindset that, in my limited years on this planet, I will read what I want, when I want without worrying what people think of me. However, when I have stepped out of my comfort zone and read something that is highly recommended but isn’t romance, it is rare that I am disappointed. It’s nice to step out of my reading comfort zone once in awhile.

 

Read at least 1 classic novel

This number may seem shockingly low to those of you who make it a point to read classics, but for selfish-old-me, it’s actually not unheard of. I’ve been wanting to read Jane Eyre and The Art of War for a while now, anyway.

 

What about you? What are your resolutions? Link to your post or let me know in the comments!

Bye-Bye Books: Decluttering my TBR #4

This post was inspired by Ally’s series (which was inspired by Lia at Lost in a Story).

It works like this

  1. Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
  2. Order on ascending date added.
  3. Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books
  4. Read the synopsis of the books
  5. Decide: keep it or should it go?

Wasted: A Memoir of Anorexia and Bulimia by Marya Hornbacher

Why would a talented young woman enter into a torrid affair with hunger, drugs, sex, and death? Through five lengthy hospital stays, endless therapy, and the loss of family, friends, jobs, and all sense of what it means to be “normal,” Marya Hornbacher lovingly embraced her anorexia and bulimia — until a particularly horrifying bout with the disease in college put the romance of wasting away to rest forever. A vivid, honest, and emotionally wrenching memoir, Wasted is the story of one woman’s travels to reality’s darker side — and her decision to find her way back on her own terms.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I just don’t think I want to go down this road. I think it might be a tad too triggering for me.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

 

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I think I added this because I’d heard great things about this book, but I just don’t see myself picking this one up and reading it. It’s so far from what I usually read.

War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy

Set against the sweeping panoply of Napoleon’s invasion of Russia, War and Peace, presented here in the first new English translation in forty years, is often considered the greatest novel ever written. At its center are Pierre Bezukhov, searching for meaning in his life; cynical Prince Andrei, ennobled by wartime suffering; and Natasha Rostov, whose impulsiveness threatens to destroy her happiness. As Tolstoy follows the changing fortunes of his characters, he crafts a view of humanity that is both epic and intimate and that continues to define fiction at its most resplendent.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I mean, supposedly this is the greatest novel ever written. I feel like I need to read it, even if it’s just something I pick up on occasion.

 

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

The day after they moved in, Coraline went exploring…. In Coraline’s family’s new flat are twenty-one windows and fourteen doors. Thirteen of the doors open and close. The fourteenth is locked, and on the other side is only a brick wall, until the day Coraline unlocks the door to find a passage to another flat in another house just like her own. Only it’s different. At first, things seem marvelous in the other flat. The food is better. The toy box is filled with wind-up angels that flutter around the bedroom, books whose pictures writhe and crawl and shimmer, little dinosaur skulls that chatter their teeth. But there’s another mother, and another father, and they want Coraline to stay with them and be their little girl. They want to change her and never let her go. Other children are trapped there as well, lost souls behind the mirrors. Coraline is their only hope of rescue. She will have to fight with all her wits and all the tools she can find if she is to save the lost children, her ordinary life, and herself. Critically acclaimed and award-winning author Neil Gaiman will delight readers with his first novel for all ages.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I feel like if I’m going to read another Neil Gaiman, I’d rather it be a book in which I haven’t seen the movie already. My girls love this movie, so I’ve seen parts of it many times.

 

Neverwhere (London Below, The World of Neverwhere #1) by Neil Gaiman

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks. Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: I love Neil’s writing style and story-telling and this one sounds good (and I don’t think there is a movie made about this one … and if there is, I haven’t seen it!)

 

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own. Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: This one sounds really good, too!

 

Anansi Boys (American Gods) by Neil Gaiman

God is dead. Meet the kids. Fat Charlie Nancy’s normal life ended the moment his father dropped dead on a Florida karaoke stage. Charlie didn’t know his dad was a god. And he never knew he had a brother. Now brother Spider’s on his doorstep — about to make Fat Charlie’s life more interesting… and a lot more dangerous.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Keep
Comments: Having read American Gods, I kind of feel like I need to read this one, too!

 

Neil Gaiman’s Midnight Days by Neil Gaiman

Gathered from Gaiman’s long career, this omnibus edition includes Gaiman’s early work on John Constantine: Hellblazer and Swamp Thing, as well as a never-before-reprinted Sandman story. An introduction by Gaiman himself is also included.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: I guess I don’t really understand what this book is, exactly? Also, clearly I was on a Gaiman kick when I added these books lol

 

Blueberry Girl by Neil Gaiman

This is a prayer for a blueberry girl . . . A much-loved baby grows into a young woman: brave, adventurous, and lucky. Exploring, traveling, bathed in sunshine, surrounded by the wonders of the world. What every new parent or parent-to-be dreams of for her child, what every girl dreams of for herself. Let me go places that we’ve never been, trust and delight in her youth. Nationally bestselling author Neil Gaiman wrote Blueberry Girl for a friend who was about to become the mother of a little girl. Here, he and beloved illustrator Charles Vess turn this deeply personal wish for a new daughter into a book that celebrates the glory of growing up: a perfect gift for girls embarking on all the journeys of life, for their parents, and for everyone who loves them. Give her all these and a little bit more, gifts for a blueberry girl.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: Meh

 

Preludes & Nocturnes (The Sandman #1) by Neil Gaiman

New York Times best-selling author Neil Gaiman’s transcendent series SANDMAN is often hailed as the definitive Vertigo title and one of the finest achievements in graphic storytelling. Gaiman created an unforgettable tale of the forces that exist beyond life and death by weaving ancient mythology, folklore and fairy tales with his own distinct narrative vision. In PRELUDES & NOCTURNES, an occultist attempting to capture Death to bargain for eternal life traps her younger brother Dream instead. After his 70 year imprisonment and eventual escape, Dream, also known as Morpheus, goes on a quest for his lost objects of power. On his arduous journey Morpheus encounters Lucifer, John Constantine, and an all-powerful madman. This book also includes the story “The Sound of Her Wings,” which introduces us to the pragmatic and perky goth girl Death. Includes issues 1-8 of the original series.

Date Added to TBR: Sep 02, 2010
Keep or Ditch? Ditch
Comments: This sounds OK, but I’m not a huge graphic novel person and while I plan on reading some at some point, I need to limit how many I have on my TBR because I know I just won’t get to them.

 

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Authors Who I Wish Were My Best Friends

Here’s something you should know about me: I fall into platonic love very easily and very quickly and for very random reasons.


It may be entirely superficial and 100% built upon these imaginary scenarios in my head, but still.

There have been many times I’ve had one conversation with someone and decided that I needed to be best friends with them.

Also, I’m, apparently, very dramatic.

All this to say I’ve found that sometimes an author’s personality so clearly shines through their characters and I’ve found myself thinking about how awesome they must be to have brought such interesting/charismatic/charming characters to life so (seemingly) effortlessly.

To be fair, not every book that contains an interesting character makes me feel like the author would be just as interesting, there are just a handful that have given me that vibe… and at the same token, there are authors who I have met or watched interviews with are amazing, but I didn’t necessarily get that feeling from their books.

I have no idea if what I’m saying makes sense, but just in case it does and you haven’t given up on reading this blog post yet, here is my list of authors who I want to be BFFs with because their personalities seem to shine through their characters and story-telling:

I’ve limited myself to two recs per author because otherwise this could get excessive.

Lauren Blakely

Lauren Blakely 100% inspired this post. I’ve read one of her books a long time ago, but I just recently went on a Lauren Blakely binge and I’m absolutely living for her books, now. It wasn’t until I read my 3rd or 4th book by Lauren that I realized just how much I loved the author based entirely on her characters.

Lauren has such a way with writing incredibly charismatic, self-deprecatingly hilarious heroes who are magnetic without taking themselves too seriously. They’re such a refreshing reprieve from the cocky jerks (soft side or not) that got so popular in the romance world recently.

Her characters also seem to have this inherent goodness that is incredibly attractive – and not necessarily in a romantic way. They’re the kind of characters you’d happily have as a friend or a lover and I feel like only someone who has that type of personality themselves could create characters like that so convincingly.

Clearly, Lauren Blakely’s characters have convinced me that she is an amazing human being and I want to be her best friend.

Also, when I gushed about the first couple of books I read by her and asked for more recs in my favorite audiobook FB group, Lauren Blakely HERSELF responded with her recs for me! It was really hard not to immediately be like, “OMGPLEASEBEMYBESTFRIENDILOVEYOU!”

Book Recs:

Wanderlust
♥ Most Valuable Playboy

Lauren Rowe

Between writing delightfully outrageous characters and such convincing instalove stories, it is no wonder that this Lauren made it on my list. I mean, read Ball Peen Hammer and then tell me you don’t want to just sit down and have a conversation over drinks with Lauren.

Many of her characters have that same draw-you-into-their-unusual-hyper-world-and-nickname-you vibe, it’s hard to imagine she wouldn’t also have at least a touch of those traits.

I have, in fact, met Lauren in person albeit very briefly at signings, and her warmth could be felt even at the back of her table’s line.


I met her twice… can we just go ahead and buy BFF necklaces yet?

Book Recs:

♥ Misadventures of a College Girl
♥ Ball Peen Hammer

Mariana Zapata

Mariana writes such low-key hilarious characters with fantastic inner monologues, I’m guessing that her thoughts mimic those of her characters as well and, girl, I’m right there with her. I feel like my inner monologues would speak her hers on a spiritual level.

I met Mariana for the first time at Shameless Book Con in Orlando a few months ago and OMG SHE BROUGHT HER MOM WITH HER AND I FELL A LITTLE BIT MORE IN LOVE WITH HER.

She’s so freaking sweet and absolutely adorable  in person. She has this super subtle awkwardness that makes me want to squeeze her because, I mean, how can someone who has a cult following be so humble?    

Book Recs:    

♥ The Wall of Winnipeg and Me
♥ Lingus

Sierra Simone

Ok. Sierra Simone fans. Don’t even tell me you wouldn’t want to hang out with Sierra at your house with a glass of wine and talk about all the dirty things you wouldn’t even talk to your best girlfriends about.

Honestly, I just want to pick that brain of hers and learn allllll her tips and tricks.

Sierra was also at Shameless and she seems like such a beautiful, cool person.

Book Recs:

♥ American Queen
♥ Priest

Jana Aston

It’s not often that I am absolutely dying with laughter and all sorts of other feelings while reading a book, but Jana Aston manages to bring that out of me.

I’m not usually into the slapstick funny romcoms, sometimes they can be too over-the-top for me, however, Jana is just enough without being too much.

I also had the chance to meet Jana at Shameless a couple months ago and I swear I only talked to her for a couple minutes and she already had me laughing. At one point, I was in Sierra’s line and Sierra said something about being really interested in the Catholic faith and Jana (who was at the table next to her)  just leans over and was like, “Wait… What? I would’ve never thought that about you.” It was obviously 100% sarcastic. If you’ve read Sierra’s Priest series, you’ll understand the hilarity of that comment.

Book Recs:

♥ The Wrong series

I am 100% positive that I will have left someone off of this list and immediately regret it once this posts, so don’t be surprised if you see a volume 2 of this post soon.