New to Me Authors Read in 2018

2018 was focused very much on finishing series I had already started, so a lot of the authors I read were returning favorites. However, I did mix it up a little, so here are the top ten new to me authors I read in 2018. (Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so I will be linking this post to her blog.) 

  1. Laura Lee Gulledge
    She wrote Will and Whit and Page by Paige. After reading the first graphic novel of hers, I went to Goodreads and added all of her books (only a few at the moment) to my TBR, since I absolutely love her reading and writing style. 
  2. G. Willow Wilson
    I really tried to get into graphic novels and comics in 2018. After Laura Lee Gulledge, G. Willow Wilson was probably my second favorite author of the year. Ms. Marvel is an awesome series that I definitely need to catch up on. 
  3. Jennifer Smith
    I read her book Windfall at the beginning of this year and quite enjoyed it. At the time I didn’t even realize how many of her books I already had on my TBR. The next one of hers I want to pick up is probably going to be The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. 
  4. Marie Lu
    Believe it or not, Warcross was the first book I ever read by Marie Lu. The book was intriguing enough that I want to pick up the next one in the series. Plus, I’ve heard such great things about Marie Lu’s other series’ that I should probably pick those up too! 
  5. Brandy Colbert
    She wrote Life In Motion with Misty Copeland. I absolutely loved this non-fiction book. I’ll have to check out some other books that she’s written! 
  6. Marie Kondo
    I’m going to be honest, I’m not sure if I like Ms. Kondo’s writing style so much as I like the ideas presented in her book. Regardless, she is a new to me author that I read last year. (I should also note that the book I read was translated by Cathy Hirano, so I’m sure some of the writing skill/voice also came from her!) 
  7. Patty Hall
    She writes historical romances – the one I read was set during World War II. I’ll have to read her a little more to tell you if I’m in love with her writing style, but I liked the book I read enough that I want to pick up the next one in the series. 
  8. Leddy Harper
    She wrote well enough to get me quite invested in the story! Which is the goal of any author, really.  
  9. Carol Benjamin
    This author writes dog-themed books, both fiction and non-fiction. The book I read of hers, Second-Hand Dog, was a quick, easy read, but was also full of very useful information. I think I might pick up one of her fiction books next. 
  10. Bryan Lee O’Malley
    I didn’t know it when I read the graphic novel Seconds, but Bryan Lee O’Malley is also the author of Scott Pilgrim. Before reading Seconds, I didn’t think I’d enjoy this author’s works, but Seconds definitely convinced me! 

What are the best new to you authors you read last year? Have you read any of mine? 

❤ Annette 

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Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

To be honest, I’m not eagerly anticipating anything quite as much as I was last year. That’s okay though, because I prefer to “binge-read” series instead of waiting for them to come out one-by-one. Because of this, though, I only have five books for this list, plus one coming out at an unspecified time this year. So it’s only half of a Top Ten Tuesday really. 😛 Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The Girl King by Mimi Yu (Expected January 8, 2019)
This sounds like a fantastic fantasy novel, sort of along the lines of The False Prince, but for Young Adults. 

Pretty in Punxsutawney by Laurie Crompton (Expected January 22, 2019)
This can either be really good or really boring, but since it’s a YA romance, I’m definitely down to find out. If you couldn’t guess by the title, this is a play on Groundhog Day, where the main character has to relive the same day over and over again. I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve seen other movies use this concept well (like in Naked by Netflix) or poorly (like The Twelve Dates of Chrismtas). I’m interested to see how the author handles it. 

A Danger to Herself and Others by Alyssa Sheinmel (Expected February 5, 2019)
This is a young adult novel focused on mental illness. It sounds super intriguing and like we get to follow the character as she discovers or realizes things about herself. I found out about this book from We Live and Breathe Books. 

Four Dead Queens by Astrid Shulte (Expected February 26, 2019)
Young adult fantasy/murder mystery/romance. Do I really need to say more? 

I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn (Expected May 28, 2019)
I’m a sucker for super cute romances, if you haven’t picked that up by now. This sounds like another one to add to my list. Plus, it’s published by Scholastic, and I don’t think I’ve ever read a book of theirs I didn’t like. 

The Exile’s Gift by Tamora Pierce (Expected sometime 2019)
Now I’m super sad that I haven’t read the first book in this series, Tempests and Slaughter. Tamora Pierce is definitely like my favorite author ever, so this series is definitely high on my radar. 

What books are you looking forward to reading this year?

❤ Annette

1 year ago: Top Ten Books I Wanted to Read in 2017 But Didn’t

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Winter 2018 TBR

If you haven’t noticed, I’ve stopped doing TBRs on my site for a while. This is mostly because I typically read based on what I feel like reading, which changes by the day. But since this is the Top Ten Tuesday topic for the week, I figured I’d give it a try. Not to have a rigid “these are what I must read this winter” list, but to remind myself of all the awesome books out there that I want to read! So here are ten books on my winter TBR. 

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl, so I will be linking there. 

  1. White Christmas by Jody Rosen
    This one keeps showing up, I know! But I really do need to read it before our performances start before Christmas. Because I am so tired of hearing the same stories about Irving Berlin four times a night! (Don’t get me wrong, Irving Berlin is a great guy with some great music and great stories. I just want more information so I can mix it up.) 
  2. The City of Brass by S. A. Chakraborty
    I won this one off of Goodreads, so I feel like I need to read and review it pretty soon. Plus, it’s gorgeous and seems like a long read – perfect for curling up with in the winter time! 
  3. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
    I bought this one on Black Friday years and years ago. It looks like a quick, fun, read, and since I own it it should be easy to pick up. I just haven’t gotten around to it. *ashamed* 
  4. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer Armentrout
    I’m going to be honest, I don’t even know what this book is about. But it’s so pretty that I really want to pick it up and read it. 
  5. When to Rob a Bank by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
    I’ve loved the other books by these authors, so this one should be great as well. This is another one I own that I just need to read already! 
  6. Scooby Doo Y El Barco Hundido por James Gelsey
    This one is next in the Scooby Doo series for me. I’m hoping to brush up on my Spanish, and to feel the success of a quick/easy read. Plus, I always find Scooby Doo stories quite amusing. 
  7. Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger
    A fourth grader I taught (I volunteer at my church to teach once a week) recommended this book to me – but I promptly forgot the title. Then, my friend mentioned it as a great middle grade read. As soon as I saw the character names I got super excited! It’s definitely next on my TBR. (Not totally related, but my friend was reading this because she’s getting into writing middle grade novels. Which also means that I get to beta-read her novel, which is pretty cool! Finally my out-of-age-group reading habits have paid off. 😛) 
  8. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
    It’s going to happen by the end of the year, I promise. (I hope.) It helps that I finally found which box it was packed in. (I mean, of course everything was unpacked in January when I moved.. What am I talking about finding things in boxes still? 😛) 
  9. Mind Over Magic by William Rabkin
    I started reading this while I was in the emergency room over a month ago. I made it halfway through but then stopped. So I better pick it up and finish it! 
  10. Unspecified Christmas Book
    I have soooo many Christmas books I want to read! (There are 173 on my Goodreads Christmas TBR as of the writing of this post!) I already own quite a few, so I definitely want to pick up and read at least one of them this season! I’ll probably read a lot more than that though! 

What’s on your winter TBR? Any books I need to add to mine? 

❤ Annette 

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10 Backlist Books I Want to Read

I have a huge TBR, so pretty much everything I want to read is a backlist book. So for today’s post, I chose ten books that I want to read that it feels like everyone has already read. (This is part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. I’ll be linking up there. Pictures are affiliate links.)


Cinder by Marissa Meyers
A friend got this for me for my birthday last year, and I still haven’t gotten around to reading it! Which is a shame because it seems very much up my alley!

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

A couple of friends of mine really loved this series, so I will probably love it too. I just have to actually pick it up.

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith
I’m really curious to see what J. K. Rowling’s writing is like in another genre.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by John Tiffany, Jack Thorne, and J.K. Rowling
I just don’t feel like I’ve completed the Harry Potter series anymore, since I’m missing this. I also very much want to read the new Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find them screenplays.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
I wanted to read this before the movie came out, even though I’ve heard mixed reviews about the book. Regardless, I better pick this one up soon!

One for the Money by Janet Evanovich
Everyone and their mother (including my mother!) has read this series and enjoyed it. I miss long series since there doesn’t seem to be very many for adults. (Remember the Boxcar Children? Or Babysitter’s Club? Or Nancy Drew? Where are the adult versions of those?)

The Book Thief by Markus Zuzak
I’ve only heard good reviews of this book.

The Selection by Kiera Cass
It’s just so pretty…

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
I’m halfway through this one, but then had to return it to the library. I’ve heard good things about this book.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
I bought this on Black Friday years and years and years ago. And since then it’s been on my shelf reminding me that I still want to read it!

Which book do you think I should start with? What’s on your backlist?

❤ Annette

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookstores and Libraries I’ve Always Wanted to Visit

This post is part of Top Ten Tuesday, hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

The top ten bookstores or libraries that I want to visit are:

  1. Library of Congress – To be honest, this is probably the only one that was already on my someday list. The one day I had in Washington DC was a Sunday, so the Library of Congress was closed, which was a huge disappointment. I’ll make it there one day though!
  2. Powell’s Books in Portland, Oregon – The country’s biggest independent bookstore. I’d be a sad bookworm if I didn’t get to visit this one some day.
  3. New York Public Library on 5th Ave, New York, New York – You know, the one with the lion statues outside. (After some Googling, I now know these lions are named Patience and Fortitude, which is pretty cool.) Anyways, the New York Public library has always held a sort of gleam for me. And I was quite jealous of my friend who got to use the library regularly while she lived in New York.
  4. The Seattle Public Library – This library looks architecturally really cool. Plus, I sort of just want to go to Seattle. 😛 Arizona is finally at a managable temperature, but I know it won’t last long! Seattle would be a nice break.
  5. Central Library at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico – This library looks SO COOL! I can’t imagine how much information and culture is there to soak up! (Fun fact – I almost studied abroad in Mexico until my university changed its programs.)
  6. Vatican Library – I’ve been to St.  Peter’s Basilica and the Vatican Museum, but not the Vatican Library. To be honest, I’m not even sure that’s a place the public can go? Regardless, it would be an amazing place to visit!
  7. Singing Wind Bookshop, in Benson, Arizona – This bookstore sounds… interesting. But as an Arizonan book lover, I would be remiss if I never made it here.
  8. Strand Book Store in New York, New York – Apparently this place has 18 miles of books! I’d love to get lost in this place.
  9. The Poisoned Pen in Scottsdale, Arizona – It’s totally possible that I’ve been here before – but I don’t remember so I guess I’ll just have to go again! They’re relatively local to me and have a lot of great events.
  10. The Well Read Moose in Couer d’Alene, Idaho – My friend visited this place and can’t stop gushing about it. It’s now her top favorite spot, probably ever, which means it would definitely be something up my alley!

As I did research for this post, I realized that I have been to some pretty cool libraries and bookstores already. If you want to see pictures of one of my favorites, you can check out that post here. Hopefully I’ll share some of my other literary journeys soon!

What libraries and bookstores are on your list? Any that I need to add to mine?

❤ Annette

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My Favorite Book Blogs

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday! (This is hosted by That Arsty Reader Girl, so go check her blog out. I’ll also be linking there.) This week’s theme is to share your top ten favorite book blogs. So here are mine. 🙂

I’ll be honest, I don’t read other book blogs as much as I should! I have a full time job and a dog, which takes time. Plus, I don’t have internet at home (gasp), so I do my blogging and internet-ing mostly at the library on the weekends. But, here are my favorites when I get time to read them! This is by no means all of the book blogs I read when I have a chance.

  1. We Live and Breathe Books
    Their taste in books is probably the most similar to mine, which means I get a lot of recommendations from this blog. They also read at an astonishing pace, which is great because that means they can share a lot of books. 🙂
  2. Novel Knight
    This blog is beautiful and super colorful! They also host the Beat the Backlist challenge. Just visiting their blog makes me want to pick up a book right away.
  3. Finding Wonderland
    I love their bookish photos especially. They also seem to have a someone similar reading palette to mine, which helps.
  4. Rae Gun Ramblings
    She doesn’t just do books, but they seem to be pretty central to her blog. I also love all the crafts and creative ideas she has!
  5. Modern Mrs. Darcy
    Her taste in books is almost exactly opposite of mine, but I still enjoy reading her blog. I sort of love that her posts aren’t usually exceptionally long, which makes it easier to read and remember.
  6. Annie Likes Words
    She writes about both reading and writing, which I think is pretty cool. Her blog is also pretty and her articles are interesting.
  7. Book Date
    I always seem to add books to my TBR when I visit her blog.
  8. Booker T’s Farm
    Their taste in books is different than mine (they seem to prefer horror/thriller), but they love dogs, so I’m still a big fan of the blog. 🙂
  9. Jill’s Book Blog
    I also seem to get a lot of book recommendations/TBRs from her blog. Plus, she manages to update daily (or more), which is impressive!
  10. The Deliberate Reader
    Another interesting blog. I especially love her New on the Stack feature, which always introduces me to new and interesting books.

That’s what I’ve got! What blogs should I add to this list!

(Honorable mention goes to Flamingo Toes, which is a crafting blog that was my gateway to the whole wide world of blogging, years and years ago.)

❤ Annette

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1 Year Ago: Ten Book Recommendations for Those in a Reading Slump

Top Ten Novellas/Short Stories

I don’t usually read a novella unless it’s a book between main stories of a novel. (i.e. It’s book 1.5 of the series). Regardless, novellas and short stories are the focus of this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. So here are my top ten. 🙂

I’m going to be honest, I don’t remember all of these. They made it on my list by having a four or more star rating on Goodreads. So at the very least, I liked them when I read them! At the very least, this is a great way to find a new author, since I usually only pick up novellas/short stories by authors I already love. Clicking on the images will take you to Amazon via an affiliate link.

Linking up to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday.

Stand Alones


Sixteen Kisses by Kelly Oram

A cute high-school romance novella. You can read my full review of this one here.


Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman

This is technically a children’s graphic novel, but its narrative definitely fits in the “short story” category.

 

Christmas


Married to Santa by Beverly Farr

I love Beverly Farr’s novels/novellas – they’re cute and clean. Plus, I love anything Christmas, so this one definitely meets the criteria.


The Shoebox by Francine Rivers

A super cute religious Christmas story.

 

 

In-Between Series


Reverence by Shelly Crane (Book 3.5 of Significance)

Story from the male romantic interest’s point of view. (Heads up that while I love this series, the author is not a very good writer, as far as grammar and such goes. You can read more about what I think of her writing on my review of another book of hers here.)


The Sound of Useless Wings by Cecil Castelluci (Book .5 of Tin Star)

This is a story about Heckleck, an intriguing alien who we meet in Tin Star.


Winter’s Passage (Book 1.5 of Iron Fey)

Basically what happens between book one and book two of the series. Not necessary, but nice to read. This is one of my favorite series of all time. (By the same author who wrote the Talon series.)


Elemental by Brigid Kemmerer (Book .5 of Elementals)

A precursor to the Elemental series.


Sister of the Bride by Susan Mallery (Book 2.5 of Fools Gold)

A short romance novella that takes place in Fools Gold. Heads up that this one is very insta-lovey.


Joyfully His by Jamie Beck (Book 3.5 of Sterling Canyon)

I love this series, so it was fun to read a cute novella about one of the side characters we meet in the stories.

 

What are your favorite short stories/novellas? Let me know in the comments!

❤ Annette

Ten Red, White, or Blue Books

Time for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books that are red, white, or blue, in honor of USA’s Independence Day tomorrow. I will be linking this post to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday.

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Red


Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
This young adult fantasy with a beautiful red cover is on my TBR.

Dream Team by Jack MacCallum
I don’t read a lot of sports books, so it’ll be nice to pick this one up someday.


Seeing Red by Sandra Brown
An intriguing-sounding romantic suspense novel.

My Pet Book by Bob Staake
I discovered this book today and it looks adorable!

White


White Tiger by Tamora Pierce
I haven’t read this, but it is by Tamora Pierce, so it’s got to be pretty good!

Moon White by Melody Carlson
I read this one a long time ago so I don’t remember it much. But it fits the requirements of a book with a white cover!

Girls in White Dresses by Jennifer Close
Not sure why this is on my TBR, but it is!

Blue


The Chocolate Thief by Laura Florland
It has the word “chocolate” in the title. That’s really all I need to know. 😛

Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
Another book from my TBR. (I think the cover is soooo pretty.)


A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler
I think I picked this one up at a library bookstore? Another book from my TBR.

What are your favorite red, white, or blue books? What plans do you have to celebrate the Fourth?

❤ Annette

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The Oldest Books on My TBR

I don’t do every Top Ten Tuesday, but this one caught my eye. Mostly because I was curious as well what my oldest TBRs were. I will be linking this up to That Artsy Reader Girl, who hosts Top Ten Tuesday. As of me writing this, I have 3282 books on my Goodreads TBR, so what you see below is only a tiny percentage of the list!

All of these were added August 1 of 2011, which I think is when I set up my Goodreads account!

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  1. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  2. Softly and Tenderly by Sarah Evans
  3. 1984 by George Orwell
  4. Through Thick & Thin by Sandra Byrd
  5. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  6. Red Velvet by Sandra Byrd
  7. Lambert’s Code by Rachel Hauck
  8. Georgia on Her Mind by Rachel Hauck
  9. My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren
  10. A Cowboy’s Touch by Denise Hunter
  11. Halo by Alexandra Adornetto
  12. Easter Carats by Erynn Mangum
  13. Fish and Chips by Erynn Mangum
  14. So Not Happening by Jenny B. Jones
  15. Ophelia by Lisa Klein
  16. Tangled by Carolyn Mackler
  17. Mister Monday by Garth Nix
  18. I’m So Sure by Jenny B. Jones

What are the oldest books on your TBR? Have you read any of the ones on mine?

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Top Ten Books I Wanted to Read in 2017 But Didn’t

Time for another edition of Top Ten Tuesday! This week’s theme is books that we wanted to read in 2017, but didn’t. Most of these books I pulled from my TBRs – meaning I fully intended to read them, but it never really happened. I will be linking this post to The Broke and Bookish.

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1. Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch
I’ve heard so many great things about this book, I just failed to get around to reading it. 😦 It’ll happen in 2018 though!

 

 

2. Gemina by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff
I own this book and really, really want to read it. But I’m also very worried that it’s going to end on a cliffhanger and then I will die because the next book isn’t out yet. So I’ve been procrastinating this one. 😛

 

 

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer
I have no good reason I haven’t picked this one up yet. I want to read it, and it sits on my nightstand staring at me, but I just haven’t taken the plunge. This is another one definitely happening in 2018.

 

4. The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton
I probably should have read this one in elementary school or junior high, but somehow managed to… not? I should pick this one up soon.

 

 

 

5. Designing Your Life by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans
I was supposed to read this for a book club. But I never got around to it, and therefore never participated in that book club. Oops. Here’s to hoping I’ll participate the next round!

 

 

6. Anatomy of a Boyfriend by Daria Snadowsky
I will read it this year! I will! I ordered this online years ago, and I even have the sequel. It’s nice and shiny and new, and yet I still haven’t read it. *sigh*

 

7. When to Rob a Bank by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
I’ve read and loved all three Freakonomics books. So when the authors came out with this one, I had to have it. I know as soon as I pick it up I won’t be able to put it back down. I just haven’t picked it up yet. 😀

 

8. Hitchiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I’m actually reading this right now. Then again, I’ve been “reading” this for a couple of years now. I’ve never made it past the Babble Fish (which is super cool, by the way). I hope to finish this in January.

 

9. Warcross by Marie Lu
I want to read this one to discuss with my friend! I’ve heard mixed reviews about this book, so I can’t wait to be able to form an opinion of my own.

 

10. Windfall by Jennifer Smith
I also hope to finish this one in January. The concept is intruiging, and now I don’t have to worry about finding “quick” reads to read my 100 book goal in 2017. (I met the goal (yay!) and my goal this year is only 12 books.)

 

What books did you want to read in 2017, but didn’t get around to?

❤ Annette

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