14 Romantic Reads For Valentine’s Day

Check Out These New Romance Books For Valentine's Day


It’s confession time, okay? I used to be a book snob. It’s true. I totally used to turn my nose up to the very sorts of books I now love. When I first started reading more “chick lit”/romance/lighter reads I used to be like yeaaaaah these are my ~guilty pleasure~. UGH, self, ughhhh. You all know how I don’t believe in guilty pleasures at all but it wasn’t always so. Now I’m pretty loud and proud about whatever it is I’m into but…I used to feel ashamed for liking romance type books/storylines.

I’ve really been craving ~romantic reads~ read now and I thought it would be fun to put together a list of recently released/soon to be released romantic reads I’m planning to read sometime just in time for Valentine’s Day (or any day, obviously).

I would love love love to hear your favorite romantic reads (whether they be actual romance novels or any kind of book with a romance storyline!) in the comments!


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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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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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10 Book Lists To Check Out

I thought it would be fun, while I am away on vacation for these two weeks, to put together a post of some of my favorite book lists I’ve written over the past six years because 1) you may have missed them and 2) I’ve been a little more quiet on the book talks lately leading up to this trip and obviously during so I figured I’d make sure I left you some book recommendations if you were in need!



Check out this list if you crave a little armchair travel outside of the US – from London to Indonesia to Central America and more!

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UKYA Books On My Radar

I thought it would be fun, since I’m leaving for London this week, to let you know which UK young adult books are on my radar and that are on my list of potential books to pick up while I’m perusing some bookstores in London because really that’s always the plan when traveling — to which Will is like “but why? We have bookstores at home?” Oh sweet husband. To which I’m like, “well why do we have to go to a sporting event that we can watch here?” To which he said…touche. SEE…it’s so easy for me to reason with him to see my bookworm tendencies when I explain them in sports terms — basic marriage to a non-book worm negotiating.

Anyways, here are some of the UKYA books on my TBR list that I’ll be looking out for on my trip that are either hard to find here in the US or not published here yet! You’ll have to let me know which ones you think I should get — especially if you’ve read any! I’m always too cheap to pay international shipping so I’m hoping to at least snag one or two of them!



Lobsters / My Totally Awkward Love story


1. Lobsters by Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison: This one actually is going to be published as A Totally Awkward Love Story here in the US this May! Looks like a cute summer read about “finding the one”. The synopsis details that the main characters “ must navigate social misunderstandings, the plotting of well-meaning friends, and their own fears of being virgins for ever to find happiness.”

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Top Ten (Actually 15) Most Anticipated Release for The Rest of 2015

Top Ten Tuesday, as  always, is hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish

This week’s topic: Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2015

You can check out my most anticipated debuts for 2015 and my 18 2015 releases I can’t wait for post to see more of what releases have me excited. These lists were heavily concentrated with books from the first half of the year but I did have two that I want to point out from there (but don’t want to repeat on this list) — Everything, Everything & Tonight The Streets Are Ours.

2015 book releases

Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – OMG I NEED THIS IN MY HANDS NOW. LIKE NOW. If you have been following this blog, you know it’s my favorite series of all times right now soooo GET ON IT. YOU HAVE TIME TO READ BOOKS 1 through 3. THIS BABY IS COMING TO ME RIGHT AT MIDNIGHT ON MY KINDLE PLUS I AM ORDERING A PHYSICAL COPY.

Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman:  WILD WEST. That is all.

Dumplin by Julie Murphy: Really enjoyed Julie Murphy’s debut and this one sounds excellent…plus FIERCE COVER. I’m so excited for a fierce book about body image and more!

Never Always Sometimes by Adi Alsaid: I LOVED Adi’s debut Let’s Get Lost so I cannot wait for this one! Sounds like an adorbs contemporary romance!

Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson: Historical fantasy…Gold Rush era…sounds awesome!

A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis: Loved Not A Drop To Drink so I’m excited for a new book from Mindy! Historical fiction! Insane asylum setting!

These Shallow Graves by Jennifer Donnelly: This YA historical fiction/mystery sounds excellent!

Fans of the Impossible Life by Kate Scelsa: “This is the story of a girl, her gay best friend, and the boy in love with both of them.” It had me at the first sentence of the summary.

Not If I See You First by Eric Lindstrom: This is actually a new one on my radar that I heard of at BEA and it has now jumped up to my most anticipated. The MC is blind and the way the team at Little Brown was talking about made me want to read it ASAP.

Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman: This book looks so cool!! I have an ARC of it and just flipping through pages I can tell it will be like nothing I’ve ever read.
What We Left Behind by Robin Talley: I really liked Robin’s debut and this one sounds so good — set in the first year in college and follows Gretchen, who identifies as a lesbian, and Toni, who identifies as genderqueer— as their relationship struggles between the long distance relationship and Toni’s shifting identity.

Everything Underneath by Marcy Beller Paul: This sounds soooo good. Toxic friendships! Mystery/thriller vibe!


What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler: This sounds incredibly powerful and important! Plus I met the author at BEA and he is awesome!!

Wolf By Wolf by Ryan Graudin: Code Name Verity meets Inglorious Bastards!!


So tell me…what books are you anticipating for the rest of the years??

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR List

I had planned to be all on top of things and productive in the days leading up to Christmas so that I would have posted this for Top Ten Tuesday (hosted at my other blog — The Broke & the Bookish) BUUUUUT things happen and that wasn’t one of them. So I bring this Top Ten Tuesday freebie to you on WEDNESDAY!


1. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: This was pretty much on EVERYBODY’s best list for the End of Year book survey sooo I’m bumping it up on priority PLUS I’m reading it in January for Forever YA’s book club pick with the NEW Philly burbs chapter of the FYA book club. I don’t know how this one didn’t really get on my radar until everyone kept raving about it this year considering I love historical fiction. Hopefully I love this like everyone else did! PSH and I went to go buy this one on Christmas Eve and it was SOLD OUT.

2. Cinder by Marissa Meyer: Another pick that EVERYONE seems to have on their best of 2012 book lists AND the sequel was on everyone’s 2013 most anticipated reads list so I’m on it! I honestly had heard of this one before it came out but I didn’t think it would be my thing but I could be wrong!

3. Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: I’m long overdue to start this series but I got picked to be the Epic Read’s newbie for this series for their End Is Near program they are doing for book series that are finishing up. You should come chat with me there about the series OR read it with me! Please please please so I have other people who haven’t read it to talk to!!  There’s also some other great series they are doing this for too so check it out if this one doesn’t suit your fancy!

4. The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily Danforth: I’ve heard nothing but wonderful things about this book and the lovely Epic Reads fairies gifted it to me because they loved it so much! Cannot wait for an excellent contemporary!

5. Love & Other Perishable Items by Laura Buzo: I’m currently reading Laura Buzo’s book Holier Than Thou and starting to get into it now around page 80 but I’ve heard great things about Love & Other Perishable Items so I’m going to aim to read this around Valentine’s Day.

6.  When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney: I AM SO EXCITED TO READ THIS! I am borrowing this one and nearly died when I actually had it in my hands. It was a pick for my Catalog Creepin post and one of the ones I’m most excited for! When my friend Heidi sent me this she also included a package of tissues. PREPARING MYSELF NOW!

7. Out Of The Easy by Ruta Sepytus: One of my most anticipated reads for 2013! I meant to start it as soon as it arrived but I have the book attention span of a gnat so I got distracted by some other new arrival I’m sure.

8. Requiem by Lauren Oliver: EEEEE. Remember when I nearly peed my pants when this showed up? Yeah, I’m going to start this soon but I’m SO SO SO SOOO nervous for the end of this trilogy!

9. Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi: Oh dear how I loved Shatter Me so I’m excited that I won this from Epic Reads! I’m extremely nervous because I have been seeing lots of Warner Love after people have read this one and I just did NOT get any warm and fuzzies from him in Shatter Me!

10. Mila 2.0 by Debra Driza:  Another one of my most anticipated teen books of 2013! It sounds so different and like a really promising page turner!


Those are the ones that are my MUST GET TO BOOKS for this season. Which ones of these are books you have read? Which ones are on YOUR tbr list for this Winter? Let me know what you think!

My Bookish Christmas Shopping List # 3 — For My Teenage Nephews

Once a week, from now until Christmas, I’m going to be sharing my own shopping lists for family members or friends that I have on my list. I’ll be letting you know what they read, the challenges I face in choosing a book for them and some ideas I came up with. I’d love for you to also interject and recommend some that you think would fit as well! So check out my lists if you are also looking to find some books to give as Christmas gifts for the bookish people in your life.

Buying Books For

My 13 & 15 year old nephews who LOVED The Hunger Games, Percy Jackson & the Vladimir Tod series among other books. The oldest also loves The Walking Dead!

The “Challenges”


1) Anything with a “girl” cover they will not even pick up. They don’t mind if there is a girl main character but they always say she can’t be “too girly.”
2) They get distracted really easily with video games so it needs to really capture their attention because I saw how the abandoned those video games for Legend! They LOOOVED that book!

My Strategy

Pick books that are fast paced, have lots of  action and/or  fun — a variety of dystopian, horror, thriller, mystery, etc.

Books I’ve Recommended To Them & They’ve Enjoyed

 Legend by Marie Lu
Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon
The Maze Runner by James Dashner

 I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Alex VanHelsing: Vampire Rising by Jason Henderson
The Other Normals by Ned Vizzini (for the older one)
Ashfall by Mike Mullin
Insignia by S.J. Kincaid
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon-Smith
Ashes,  Ashes by Jo Treggiari
Gone by Michael Grant
Unwind by Neal Shusterman
I Am Not A  Serial  Killer by Dan Wells

So these are my prospective picks to buy for Christmas for my teen nephews! I hope this is useful for any of you looking for good book recommendations for family/friends this season…or for yourself :P. Let me know if you have any suggestions for me to look into as I try to shop for them and find the best choices that I know they’ll love!

Check out previous shopping lists:
Christmas shopping list for my sister who is a Twilight fan!
Christmas shopping list for my teen sister who loves realistic teen fiction

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