Top Twelve 2014 Releases (Non-Debuts)

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Favorite Books of 2014

I decided to break up my lists because choosing 10 out of all the books I’ve read is SO HARD. For this one I chose my favorite 2014 releases (non-debuts) because I shared my top debut novels of 2014 so you should check that out. That being said Falling Into Place, Open Road Summer, Rites of Passage, and Even In Paradise SO would be on this list had I not broken it up in this way because they were DEFINITELY in my top reads of the year!

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AHHH and I’m a dummy and I realized that even though I read these two books before 2014 they are two 2014 releases that should be on this list: The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson and We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski: If you like fantasy, get this. If you don’t like fantasy, get this. It’s a really good series for people who aren’t really into magic-y kind of stuff. AND THE ROMANCE. THE WORDS. YOU GUYS. (and the sequel is soooo good).

I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson: If I were forced to pick ONE favorite of all the books of 2014 it might be this one. Yeah, I’m pretty sure it would be.

Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson: Another major WIN for me with Morgan Matson. If you like contemporary YA (think: Sarah Dessen) and like reading about friendships and finding yourself, GET ON THIS.

Life By Committee by Corey Ann Haydu: Definitely the most underrated on my list! It was so thought-provoking and challenged me as a reader. Loved the plot, loved the main character (even when she was hard to like!).

After I Do by Taylor Jenkins Reid: I want to give this to all my married friends basically! And everyone really. It personally made me think SOOOO much about my own marriage.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins: Was so worth the wait but I’m sad to see this particular companion series be over. Excited for what Steph will do next though!

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: This is a third book in a series so if you haven’t read the first (Throne of Glass) make that your 2015 New Years Resolution. THIS BOOK. THIS SERIES. It’s an all time favorite.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell: Rainbow’s books just work for me so much! This also made me think a lot about my marriage and relationships. I read this before I read After I Do but they had very similar kind of themes.

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel: If you don’t like typical dystopian /post apocalyptic books, this is for  you. It’s very realistic but goes back and forth between the before/during the flu outbreak/twenty years with those who had survived. IT WAS AMAZING. Easily top 3 of the year for me!

The Young Elites by Marie Lu: I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN. Marie Lu has created an amazing start to a new fantasy series and I want to cry about the wait until next year for book 2.

Everything Leads To You by Nina LaCour: This is another one that didn’t get a lot of spotlight this year but is soooo deserving of it!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: I loved this book so much. If you are into lighter contemporary YA and love sister relationships being explored in your books, get on it. It’s a duology and you have no idea how bad I need book 2.

<< Check out my FAVORITE DEBUTS OF 2014 — some of which were my ALL TIME FAVORITE books of this year!!>>


So tell me…what were you favorite books of 2014??

Top Ten New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2014

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten New-To-Me Favorite I Read in 2014



Sarah J. Maas: All hail queen Sarah! No seriously. 2014 has been the year of Sarah J. Maas. I don’t care that I came in late I’m just glad I’m here. I read Throne of Glass over Memorial Day weekend and then after BEA I binge read Crown of Midnight and Heir of Fire one after the other and I HAVE NEVER BEEN THE SAME SINCE. I will read ANYTHING she writes.

Marie Rutkoski: Oh man, you guys. I read The Winner’s Curse at the start of 2014 and read Winner’s Crime this Fall and Marie’s writing just…AHHH. Gotta get my hands on her previous books while I wait for book 3 in this AMAZING TRILOGY.
Corey Ann Haydu: COREEEEEEY. So I’ve only read Life by Committee which was AWESOME but I plan to read OCD Love Story and ANYTHING else she puts out. ANYTHING ya hear? And also, besides her writing skills, I have LOVED getting to know her and chatting on Twitter. I’m so happy I decided to pick up Life by Committee!!

Emery Lord: One of the most amazing debuts I’ve read this year, hands down, came from Emery. I LOVED Open Road Summer and I’ve started reading her upcoming book and it is fantastic. Emery is one to watch and is on auto-buy FO SHO.

Katja Millay: The Sea of Tranquility affected me so much. SO MUCH. I will DEVOUR whatever else Katja writes. I just feel so consumed with FEELINGS when I think about this book.

Emily St. John Mandel: I haven’t been reading as much adult fiction as I used to so I’m so excited when I find an author that I’m like OMG I MUST READ ALL YOUR BOOKS. I know Station Eleven got a lot of praise (SO WORTHY OF IT) but I’ve also heard excellent things about her previous work and I cannot wait to dive in!

Taylor Jenkins Reid: OMG AFTER I DO. One of the best books I’ve read this year and I have her debut on my list of books to get at the library at some point. It was one of those books that made me think SOOOO MUCH.

Heather Demetrios: Interestingly enough the Heather Demetrios book I started with is her 2015 release! I’ll Meet You There is AMAZING and, if I already didn’t own Something Real and Exquisite Captive, I WOULD BE GOING OUT TO GET THEM. Heather Demetrios is a force to be reckoned with!

Joy N. Hensley: I knew I was probably going to like Rites of Passage but I CANNOT EVEN TELL YOU HOW MUCH IT BLEW ME AWAY. I love when a book can seriously make me shout and scream and affect me so much that it just comes out in many physical forms (which all annoy my husband).

Amy Zhang: Listen, by the time I graduated high school I’d say my most impressive achievement of my life was winning the Little Miss Princess of Athens title when I was like 4 in my former small, podunk town because I was THAT CUTE. Amy Zhang? Oh she’s just published an AMAZING book (Falling Into Place) with a huge publisher. NO BIGS. Seriously, her words are like poetry and this book had me sobbing. I am forever impressed and Amy has a fan out of me.


So tell me…what authors have you discovered in 2014 that are favorites of the year?

18 YA Books Coming Out In 2015 That I Cannot WAIT To Read!

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten 2015 Releases I’m Excited For

So since an upcoming Top Ten Tuesday topic is all about debuts, I chose to only choose authors who have published YA before and also books that had book covers! Annnnd I didn’t choose 10. I chose 18. I AM SO EXCITED I COULD NOT CUT THESE. This list was originally like 50 long so be impressed!!!!

2015 YA Releases Must Haves


Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby: I  loved all 3 Jessi Kirby books I’ve read (Moonglass, In Honor, Golden) and she’s on auto-buy for me so naturally this is on my list. It sounds emotional (like her books tend to be) with a girl seeking out the recipient of her boyfriend’s heart who she lost tragically.

Making Pretty by Corey Ann Haydu: Loved Corey’s Life By Committee this year so DEFINITELY excited for this! Friendship, sisters & romance — can’t wait to see what Corey has in store for us!

The Last Time We Said Goodbye by Cynthia Hand: I really loved Cynthia’s paranormal series (Unearthly is book 1) but I’m really excited for a contemporary from her!  This sounds like a punch-you-in-the-gut sort of story about a girl whose brother commits suicide and she holds the secret of a text he sent that could have changed things.

The Devil You Know by Trish Doller: NEW TRISH DOLLER!!! I love her books (Something Like Normal and Where Stars Still Shine) and I’m excited because this is a psychological thriller! Plus ROAD TRIP!

The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma: I can’t even explain what this one is about but it’s supernatural-y and sounds AWESOME and UNIQUE.

Tonight The Streets Are Ours by Leila Sales: Leila’s This Song Will Save Your Life was one of my FAVORITE reads last year and I am sooooo excited for this one! It’s about a teen girl who has an obsession with a popular blogger and goes to track him down.

A Court of Thorns & Roses by Sarah J. Maas: SARAH J. MAAS. NEW SERIES. THAT IS ALL.

Hold Me Like A Breath by Tiffany Schmidt: It is the start of a series of crime family fairy tale retellings. OMG RIGHT? This one is a retelling of Princess & the Pea and the main character’s family is one of 3 families who control the black market of organ transplants.

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway: Love Robin’s books that I’ve read (Audrey, Wait! and Also Known As). Oliver is kidnapped by his dad and taken away from his friends and family — including his best friend Emmy — until they reunite 10 years later when he is returned home.

Bone Gap by Laura Ruby: New author to me but this sounds like an interesting mystery kind of book!

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen: Even though I haven’t read all her books yet, new Sarah Dessen is always one I look forward to! This one sounds so damn good!

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows: FANTASYYYY FANS. This sounds awesome…make sure its on your list!

A Sense of The Infinite by Hilary T. Smith: I LOVED Hilary’s debut novel Wild Awake and just was so impressed by the prose. Love books that deal with friendship!

Illusionarium by Heather Dixon: Alternate London! Steampunk! The Night Circus meets Pixar!

Every Last Word by Tamera Ireland Stone: This looks good! A popular girl with OCD who fights really hard to hide it and her life changes when she attends a secret poetry club.

All The Rage by Courtney Summers: LOVED Courtney Summers Some Girls Are! This new one SOUNDS AMAAAAZING and she once tweeted about how if we thought the mean girls in Some Girls Are were mean….basically we haven’t seen anything. GAHHH.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver: I always get excited for new Lauren Oliver! This one sounds dark and mysterious and SO SO GOOD.

The Start of You & Me by Emery Lord: You should all known my love for Open Road Summer by now!!! There’s a reason I’m starting this one soon because I’m SO EXCITED I CANNOT WAIT. I KNOW MY HEART IS GOING TO BREAK.


2015 Books I’ve Read:

The Winner’s Crime by Marie Rutkoski: BOOK 2 IS AMAZING. If you haven’t read The Winner’s Curse…get on that!
I Was Here by Gayle Forman: GAYLE. Enough said. This one hurt my heart. SHE ALWAYS IMPRESSES ME.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios: HOLY SHIT SO GOOOOOOD. I CAN’T EVEN.
My Heart & Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga: This one was heavy. Took a bit out of me but really good!


So tell me…what books are YOU looking forward to in 2015??? PLEASE SHARE SO I CAN MAKE SURE I KNOW OF THEM!

Ten Books On My Winter To-Be-Read List!

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

This week’s topic: Ten Books I Plan To Read This Winter

It’s a little early to be planning what I’m going to be reading this winter but I’ll do it because god knows I won’t have time to think about it when it gets busy during December.

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An Ember in The Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Ancient Rome type setting + fantasy!!!
The Start Of Me & You by Emery Lord: YOU KNOW MY LOVE FOR EMERY LORD’S DEBUT!! If you don’t, CLICK HERE.
The Law of Loving Others by Kate Axelrod: A 2015 contemporary debut that sounds right up my alley!

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The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater: I KNOW I KNOW. Time to catch up! Did you see this giveaway to win the series thus far + a limited edition tarot cards made by MAGGIE herself & my darling friend Carla’s “reading” of the series based on the judgment card?

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness: I need to read a Patrick Ness book eventually so I’m hoping to start with this one!! (as I type’s 1.99 for kindle).

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor: Another series that people have RAVED about that I must start!

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The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand: I really loved Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series and I’m excited to see what she does with a contemporary novel!

No Place To Fall by Jaye Robin Brown: I try not to fall into marketing comparisons but it said The Sky Is Everywhere meets This Lullaby and YOU CANNOT TEMPT ME WITH THE JANDY WITHOUT MY HEAD TURNING!

Better Than Perfect by Melissa Kantor: I really liked the two other Melissa Kantor books I’ve read so I’m REALLY looking forward to another contemporary from her!

The Orphan Queen by Jodi Meadows:  An amazing sounding FANTASY DUOLOGY. Go read the summary if you haven’t heard of this one. No seriously, go do it.



So tell me…what books are on YOUR to-be-read list for Winter?? What book should be my #1 priority on this list of mine?

8 Sequels I Am Impatiently Waiting On + 2 Series I NEED To Catch Up On

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Sequels I’m DYING To Get My Hands On

So this week I could only come up with 8 that I’m like OMG I NEED IT NOW. (I have also limited the new series I start so I knew that this list wouldn’t be very hard because I’m not waiting for much annnnd I’m so behind on series that whatever sequel is upcoming I haven’t even read the book that is out yet). So I decided to add 2 series I desperately need to catch up on so that I can be up to date with everyone!!

 So let’s go:


2 Series I REALLY Need To Catch Up On


Throne of Glass #4 by Sarah J. Maas — If you are caught up on this series you KNOW THE PAIN OF NEEDING THIS BOOK. This is the fantasy series that has seriously gotten me into fantasy! SARAH IS GOING TO KILL US I KNOW.

Winner’s Curse #3 by Marie Rutkoski — OH MY GOD. The Winner’s Crime left my heart in pieces and I just NEED the conclusion to this series. (if you haven’t read this series, check out my post talking about the first book)

The Young Elites #2 by Marie LuThe Young Elites was SUCH a good first book to a new fantasy series. YOU GUYS. If you haven’t read it, get on it!! Marie Lu wrote such an interesting, kind of villain-y main character and I just fell in love with this world and everything about this book! MY HEART.

Captive by Aimee Carter — I hadn’t been finding many dystopians to hold my attention recently until I read Pawn. It was action packed and twisty and I cannot WAIT to find out what happens next.
Rebound by Noelle August — if you are looking for a new romance series, get on this!! Boomerang was so cute and funny and I’m so excited for Rebound!!
Under the Lights by Dahlia Adler — contemporary fans! Get ON THIS. I really liked Behind the Scenes — set in Hollywood, had great characters/romance and was addictive! I can’t wait to get to know these particular characters better!!

This Shattered World by Megan Spooner & Amie Kaufman — I LOVED THESE BROKEN STARS AND I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS.

PS I STILL LOVE YOU by Jenny Han — Okay so this is a series but a duology but I LOVED To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before but OMG THAT ENDING WAS BRUTAL (at least in the ARC it was).
Two series I REALLY need to catch up on:

I didn’t have 10 that I was like OMG I NEED THESE SEQUELS. So I decided to share two series I desperately need to catch up on so I can be up to date with everyone.


The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater: OKAY OKAY I KNOW. Why have I only read The Raven Boys?? I WILL GO SIT IN THE CORNER NOW.
Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer: I’ve only read Cinder (and loved it) so I have some serious catching up to do in this awesome sci-fi series!


So tell me…why sequels are you DYING TO GET YOUR HANDS ON?? Should we start a support group for the wait to any on my list??

Top Ten Non-Main Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book

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

This week’s topic: Ten (Non-Main) Characters Who Deserve Their Own Book



Eleanor from Illusions of Fate by Kierstan White: There was SO much more to Eleanor than you realized at first and I just really WANT to know more. She fascinated me.

Amos from Rites of Passage by Joy Hensley: So we don’t ever get to “meet” Amos technically but her memories of him made him so alive to me and I just think his story was SO interesting and I just want to really know everything.

Reagan from Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell: I LOVED Cath’s roommate and there was so much about her I wanted to know! She was just a character who you know who had layers that were just waiting to be unraveled. She seemed like such a tough girl but she was really kind to Cath.

Rashmi from Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: I was always fascinated most by Rashmi out of all the people in Anna’s group.

Aedion from Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas: There were so many great NEW characters introduced in this book but I REALLY want an Aedion book — maybe a prequel to what he’s been up to before we meet him.

Tara Finke from Saving Francesca/The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta: She was always interesting to me in Saving Francesca but I want to know all about what she was doing in the gap between these two books.

Collette from Sex & Violence by Carrie Mesrobian: I always wanted to know what happened to Collette. We don’t get to know her all that well but even after I finished I wanted to know how everything affected her.

Tiny Cooper from Will Grayson, Will Grayson by David Levithan and John Green: What a compelling character! He just jumped off the page for me! And lucky enough there is going to be a play starring Tiny Cooper. SO THAT IS AWESOME. I kind of get my wish?

Brad from Even In Paradise by Chelsey Philpot: We barely see much of him and it’s not like he was this crazy exciting side character but I don’t know…there was just something about him that I wanted to know more of. He was this flirty guy and I (think) the oldest if I’m not mistaken. He was successful in his career. I just would love an NA (I forget how old he is) or adult romance about him. He just stuck with me for some reason and I just wanted to know more about him and how he handled all the tragedy.

Margot from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han: So we don’t really SEE Margot much but she’s the eldest sister and her presence is felt so much in the book even as she goes half way across the world for college. I really would love a book about her adventure leaving her family and going to school away from them and away from being able to take care of them.


So tell me…who are some compelling non-main characters who you think should totally get their own book?? Do you agree with any of mine??

Top Ten Books I Want To Reread

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This week’s topic: Top Ten Books I’d Really Like To Read

I talked last week about how IN THEORY I like re-reading and listed why I do like it but why I don’t do it. It’s a struggle for me so, in that post, I decided that in 2015 I would vow to reread one book per month. This list is going to be SO helpful for me next year!I will just say this was SOOOOO hard. I got hit real hard with the desire to read all these books as I was preparing THIS post and as I was going through my “read” list on Goodreads so many books jumped out at me like OOOH THAT ONE TOO.


Books I Want to Reread

 Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert: I know this is a hate it or love it book but, when I read it as an early 20-something, I loved it and it gave me a lot to think of. When I read it back then I thought about how curious I would be to read this again in 10 years. I plan to do it!

If I Stay/Where She Went/Just One Day by Gayle Forman: I would have added Just One Year but I read that most recently and it’s been FOREVER since I read these 3. I’ve read passages I love here and there but never a full re-read. They are my faaaaves.

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I really want a re-read of this one because I know there are so many details I want to see the second time around.

On The Road by Jack Kerouac: Okay I was a bit pretentious as a college student. I can admit that. This was one of my FAVORITE books when I was 19 & 20 and I am REALLY curious to see how I feel about it now.
Golden by Jessi Kirby: This one was pretty recent but I just have this urge to read it because it made me think a lot!
Fangirl // Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell: I just really want to read my Rainbow books again. SO MUCH.
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer: This was the book that got me back into reading after quite a while of NOT reading. It was a FAVORITE (I just talked about it recently) and I just want to revisit it after all these years.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath: I read this book when I was 18 and going through a really awful time. It was one of those cases where it was the RIGHT time and it really was what I needed. I’m curious how I feel about it as an adult.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins: I didn’t reread before the movies but now with Mockingjay coming out I really am craving a re-read.

The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay: I read this earlier this year but I really, really want to reread it already which is saying something (for me).

Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta: This is one where I was confused for a bit until it all came together so I would now like to re-read it because I KNOW THE THINGS.


BONUS: Books I Read As A Kid That I Want To Re-Read

The Giver by Lois Lowry: This was my favorite book ever and I re-read a bajillion times. But that was forever ago.
All of the Judy Blume books: No seriously her books were everything to me as a pre-teen!
The Little House on the Prairie series: One of my all time favorite series as a kid.

So tell me…what are some books YOU want to re-read? ALSO…what makes you WANT to re-read a book? I have a couple of reasons I want to re-read: previous favorites, childhood fave, want to see how I view a book now vs. then, comfort, made me think.

Ten Characters I’d Love To Dress Up As For Halloween

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Characters I’d Want To Dress Up As For Halloween

I’m imagining a fun Halloween party in which all my bookish friends are dressed up as book characters. HOW FUN WOULD THAT BE?

In other Halloween fun: Last year I actually made 10 costumes INSPIRED by books if you want to check that out — I did a whole photo set with how to put that costume together.  Last week I dressed up 5 of my favorite YA couples in couples costumes for Halloween. Can you guess who was Google Maps? Han Solo and Princess Leia?


Manon Blackbeak // Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas: If you haven’t read Heir of Fire yet, you don’t even KNOW the awesome that is Manon. She was a character I wasn’t sure that I was going to like but she won me over. She’s a witch and she is badass. Bonus points for a wyvern.

Linh Cinder // Cinder by Marissa Meyer — I actually put together this costume in my “costumes inspired by books I’ve read” post but I totally want to be a cyborg mechanic. Cinder is badass.

Celaena // Throne of Glass series: Caelana is a badass assassin and I want to be her. OKAY.

Sam McKenna //  Rites of Passage by Joy N. Hensley: It’s not often that I encounter a main character in contemporary who has that PHYSICAL badassness that I come across so often in fantasy/dystopian lit. But Sam? SHE IS THAT. She is one of the toughest people at her military academy even when the boys club is against her and trying to make life unbearable for her. One year I’m pretty sure I DID dress up in some military stuff my stepdad had so this would be easy. And Will could be my very own DRILL.

Mary Howard // Brazen by Katherine Longshore: I’m sorry but I’m just picturing the pretty dresses from Reign and it would be fun to dress up like a lady of King Henry VIII court!

Katniss // Hunger Games — Let’s just be honest…I want to carry a bow and arrow around.But can someone braid my hair because I SUCK at it?

Clara // Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: I loved this series and I would love to dress up as Clara when she is an angel (not the normal teenage girl part of her life) and I would SOOOO try to make Will dress up as my very own cowboy.

Elizabeth Bennet // Pride & Prejudice: I’d pick something that resembles the dresses Keira Knightly wore in the adaptation.

Eleanor // Something Strange & Deadly by Susan Dennard: It would be so fun to wear a Victorian era dress & a parasol.

Maddie // Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: I actually made a Code Name Verity costume (very easy to make) but I would love to go as Maddie and be a fighter pilot for the night…something that I would NEVER do in my real life.

So tell me…which characters from books would YOU want to dress up as at my fabulous bookish Halloween party?

Top Ten New-ish Series I Want To Start

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten New-ish Series I Want To Start

For these purposes this is anything 2 years or newer (a little older than that for one). There are SO many series I am so behind on but these are the more recent ones that I want to jump on. Some have a couple books out and some just have one out so far.

Tell me which ones should be my priority in the comments (or Twitter or carrier pigeon, etc.)


Splintered: Alice in Wonderland but like further up the family tree.
Rebel Belle: Southern sass + magic? COUNT ME IN.
Scarlet: Robin Hood retelling!
Wait For You: It’s time for me to read some JLA. Everybody says she perfects the romance thang.
The Burning Sky: Another fantasy series and everyone was been talking about the sequel (in a good way!)
Trial By Fire: Witches!! Also, I think semi-retelling of The Crucible? IDK IF THAT IS FACTUAL.
Taken: Dystopian series I’ve heard good things about and have been meaning to read!
Exquisite Captive: Inspired by Arabian Nights!
The Archived: Dead people rest on shelves like books and all their stories and lives rest there. VERY COOL.
Snow Like Ashes: Been really digging fantasy lately and this is a brand new series that just came out this month!



So tell me…which new-ish series have YOU been meaning to start? Any recs for me? Have you read any of these?

Top Ten Places Books Make Me Want To Visit

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

This week’s topic: Top Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit

I love reading because it’s always transporting me somewhere new! I’m not always able to travel as much as I’d like to because FINANCES right now so I’m thankful for an armchair adventure.  Here are 10 places that I felt VERY STRONGLY about visiting because of books.

YA books set in WyomingBook That Made Me Want To Visit: Cynthia Hand’s Unearthly series
MAN, the descriptions were just beautiful. I could see the mountains and the small town and the forest. I had a friend from Jackson Hole, Wyoming and her photos from home were always gorgeous.

ya-books-spaceBooks That Made Me Want To Visit: These Broken Stars by Megan Spooner & Amie Kaufman
HOW CAN YOU NOT WANT TO VISIT SPACE? I look up at the stars and I’m in awe. A freaking luxury spaceliner? YEAH I WANT THAT VIEW. But maybe not what happens to it…?

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Book That Made Me Want To Go There: Wish You Were Italian by Kristen Rae
I’ve been to Rome and Florence before but the descriptions of when she went to Cinque Terre (I forget the EXACT locations she was) on the coast…TO DIE FOR. I want to go exploring and eat at the restaurant she worked at!


Book That Made Me Want To Visit: LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE!!

I know there are a zillion prairies in the world but I only want to go to one. Back in time. To experience the prairie that Laura, Ma & Pa & the gang experienced. When I was a kid I used to pretend play that I lived in that little house on the prairie in Kansas. It’s never left my mind ever.

YA-books-central-americaBook That Made Me Want To Visit: Wanderlove by Kirsten Hubbard

GOD THIS BOOK IS ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVORITES. I want to experience Guatemala and Belize and other places that Bria didn’t even go to.

crystal-cove-ya-bookBook That Made Me Want To Visit: Moonglass by Jessi Kirby
I don’t think Crystal Cove is a real town in California but it’s inspired by a state park in California with the same name. So pretty real? The setting in Moonglass just comes ALIVE and I just want to GO THERE. Check out Jessi’s inspiration! (Also, from her Instagram, I have to believe her own home helped inspire it and nail that beachy setting!!).

amazon-rainforest-YA-booksBook That Made Me Want To Visit: Origin by Jessica Khoury

Okay, the lush forest sounded so beautiful but I AM SO TERRIFIED OF THE SNAKES THAT LIVE HERE. I also just can’t imagine the rain and the kind of darkness in the forest. The setting was so strong here.

YA books set in Tokyo

Book That Took Me There: When You Were Here by Daisy Whitney

The foodie descriptions and the city and the sights and the culture. I NEED TO GO.

books set in Australia

Books That Took Me There: Raw Blue, Graffiti Moon, Girl Defective, PRETTY MUCH EVERY AUSSIE BOOK I HAVE READ

Whether it’s the city or the beach or a small town I’m always just so vividly able to experience the setting. Also I want to find out what secrets the Aussie’s are keeping to write such AMAZING BOOKS. We’ll just ignore the fact that some of the Australian wildlife SCARES THE CRAP OUT OF ME.

YA-book-set-nantucketBook That Took Me There: Nantucket Blue by Leila Howland

I’ve been to Cape Cod before but never Nantucket. The setting drew me in just as much as the story!



So tell me…are there any books that immediately had you wanting to pack your bags and GO?? What about the ones I’ve picked here?


Attribution for photos: Central America pic//Tokyo//Space//Cinque Terra//Wyoming//Australia Photo by DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0//Amazon Rainforest//Crystal Cove//

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