First, before we dive in… to everyone that celebrates:
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:
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!
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!
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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?
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!
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 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!”
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?
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?
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.
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.