9 Books To Read To Fill The Pretty Little Liars Shaped Hole In Your Heart

 

You ever have those shows that just go on and on and you have a love/hate relationship with them but you keep watching anyways? Pretty Little Liars has been that for me for the past 7 years. Sometimes it would start to lose me or make me mad but then it would suck me back in somehow. I can’t deny how addicted I have been to that show — no matter what happened.

As I’m writing this it’s a couple hours before the finale of Pretty Little Liars (have no idea if I will finish it in time to post it before it airs) and I’m just SO sad it’s ending even though I think it DOES need to end. It’s the end of an era and that always makes me sad. It’s always been my favorite twisty teen mystery to watch and scream in misery over as we get one answer for every 50 new questions that pop up. I never did read the books but maybe will someday to see how the diverge but I’ve just always enjoyed having this show to keep me on my toes.

So I figured I would put together a book list for those of you who are going to have that same void needed to be filled now that Pretty Little Liars is OVER. WAH. But the good side to this is…with these books you won’t have to wait 7 years to find out the answers! So that’s a win?

I hope you will leave your own recs of books to fill the void for me in the comments!!

 

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas: If you’ve followed this blog for a while you know how much I rave about this mystery. I devoured it from page 1. It is twisty and suspenseful and you will be addicted in this story about a group of friends having the time of their life on Spring Break until one of the girls ends up brutally murdered in their house and the main character ends up being a suspect and being at the center of a murder trial in a different country. SUPER TWISTY LET ME TELL YOU.

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If We Were Having Coffee

I saw a life coach I love, Ashley, do a post entitled If We Were Having Coffee and I decided to take her lead and do one myself in November 2013 because I loved it and sometimes I feel like we forget that there is a whole life behind the people that write and read blogs. I got such a great response to my initial post so I made it a  reoccurring thing for the past couple of years and do it when I feel so inclined!

 

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So, grab your coffee/beverage of your choice and meet me for a chat. Currently I AM actually drinking some coffee because I’ve had a headache going on 24 hours and I finally called the OB because it was freaking me out (pre-eclampsia and all) because Tylenol was not even helping and he told me to drink some caffeine the next time I take my Tylenol so WE SHALL SEE.

 

If we were having coffee….I’d tell you that I’m currently reading Warcross by Marie Lu. I love her books and this one is intriguing so far but I’m equally excited to be passing this on to my 17 year old nephew who I got hooked on her books. I think he will REALLY love this one being super into video games.  I’d ask what you are reading right now!

If we were having coffee.…I’d tell you that I can’t believe I haven’t written anything on the blog since June 6th. I had gotten in a good rhythm and was excited again and then the vampire of the third trimester just came and sucked the life out of me and I kept saying “Okay tomorrow I’ll write a post” and then “okay next week I will try to post” and then nothing. Only so much energy in this body of mine right now and blogging didn’t make the cut. Stinks because I had so many good ideas in my head. If only there was a way to just let me THINK THEM and then they just show up on the blog. Until then…neglected blog is neglected.

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10 Fantasy Books I’ve Added To My TBR Lately

Fantasy Books On My List To Read

 

I was supposed to have a Q&A with Sarah Dessen going up for today but unfortunately, time-wise, it wasn’t able to work out. I’m hoping maybe soon I’ll get the answers back and will be able to have that up eventually.

I don’t like double posting so this post was scheduled for tomorrow and I just decided to schedule for today instead and take part in Top Ten Tuesday, hosted at my other blog I take part in with some awesome ladies, instead of being a day late with it.

So, check out what fantasy books I’ve added to my TBR lately. PLEASE tell me what fantasy has gotten added to your TBR lately!

 

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Monthly Rewind: May 2017

May recap

 

And just like that May is over. Boy, did it go by fast!! And wow June is the last full month before this baby comes!

 

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What I’ve Been Reading Lately

book recommendations and books to read

 

 

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Books To Pack In Your Beach Bag This Summer: 2017 Edition

Beach Read Guide For 2017

Ah summer reading. Glorious, glorious summer reading. I love, love, love reading outside in the summer — beach, pool, big ol’ hammock at my mother-in-law’s, on a blanket in the park, a chair on my small back patio. If it’s nice out…I’m reading outside.

Honestly I’ll read just about anything on the beach or poolside. Hand me a book, I’ll read it. BUT I do tend to gravitate towards particular types of reads when I’m picking out a book to read lazily in the summer — hopefully on the beach or poolside.

Beach reads really are so subjective but my “beach read” taste tends to be a lighter (not always super light though) contemporary or historical read, page-turning dystopian/fantasy YA type reads, mysteries and thrillers, fun memoirs and romance-y type books so you’ll see a lot of that reflected in my list. I tend to have a hard time getting into anything TOO literary or fantasy that is too dense because I people watch and get distracted. And even though I am the queen of loving sad and gut-wrenching novels I tend to save those ones for when I’m NOT in public. I mean, at least when I DO read them poolside I can just dunk my face in the water and nobody knows I’m crying.

ANYWAYS…hope this list helps you this summer if you are looking for a good beach read! Since I’m due mid-July I’m not sure how much beach/pool reading I’m going to be getting in but these are the picks I’m drawing from/books I’ve already read and think make excellent beach/pool companions.

And if you are in need of MORE beach reads (ones that aren’t mostly 2017 releases like this list) then I have these: 17 Summer Must Reads, YA Beach Reads If You Aren’t Into Contemporary YA, this beach read list, this one, also this one and omg I’ve written a lot of beach read/summer reading lists over the past 7 years.

Ultimate Beach Read Guide For 2017

 

So check out my picks and save it throughout the summer for when you need a good book to read:

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New To The Queue

New things to read, watch, listen to

New To the Queue is a semi-monthly thing around here wherein I give you a tiny glimpse into some of the books, movies, tv shows and bands I’ve recently added to my never ending queue of things to read/watch/listen to. For past posts, go here!

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When A Book Just Hits So Close To Home

Sometimes when a book hits super close to home I don’t know how to write about it. I decided to go for the method I did when I wrote about Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson and write a letter to the author.

The book in question?

Emery Lord’s The Names They Gave Us which is OUT TODAY! I did receive this book as a review copy, c/o Bloomsbury for review consideration, but I pinky swear that these are all my own thoughts and I wasn’t compensated for them.

 

The Names They Gave Us by Emery Lord

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Currently…

I’m having one of those weeks where I can’t get my brain to really focus on any of the posts on my long list of posts to write. None of them sound appealing or, if they do, they feel time consuming and my brain doesn’t want that write now. I’m just staring at my screen blankly yet again this week.

I’ve seen these sorts of posts all over blogs in every kind of blog niche so I thought it might be fun to create my own version and let you know what’s currently happening in my life and also it helps me not have to admit defeat and close my computer yet again.

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What To Get Your Book-Loving Mom For Mother’s Day

Gift Ideas For Book-Loving Moms on Mother's Day

If you’ve been a reader of this blog for a decent amount of time you know that I lost my mom to brain cancer in 2006 when I just shy of 21 years old. My mom was a reader — she devoured John Grisham and just about any other mystery or thriller, memoirs of all kinds, any Oprah book club book and any sort of romance (Danielle Steele was her favorite).  I feel like I definitely got my love for reading at an early age from her. I always think about how our relationship would have changed once I became an adult (things were a bit tumultuous between us when she got sick). One of the things I often think about is if we would have talked books and given each other recommendations. I wonder if she would have branched out in her reading tastes and we could have read books together. I really would have loved to buy her books for Mother’s Day!

So I thought it might be fun to put together some books (and extra non-book goodies at the end) to help you pick out for YOUR moms for Mother’s Day! (Or for yourself, let’s be real!).

Mostly everything is going to be more recent releases in hopes that your mom hasn’t read it yet!

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