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Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I Found in 2018


I found several authors that I had not read yet last year, and there were a few that really stood out to me.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is New To Me Authors I read in 2018.

Jacqueline Susann

I read and fell absolutely in LOVE with Valley of the Dolls.  I definitely want to check out Susann’s other books to see if they’re just as entertaining and addicting.

Stephanie Perkins

I put off reading Anna and the French Kiss for a long time because of the hype surrounding it, and I am so glad I finally read it.  Such a great, heart-warming romance with a smoldering build up.  I loved it and can’t wait to read the rest.

Laurie Forest

I read both The Black Witch and The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest last year, and I cannot wait for the third book.  It is such a great series with incredible world building and complex characters.

Morgan Matson

I really loved Save the Date.  It was such a sweet and refreshing story about family and growing up, and I totally connected to the characters and writing style.  I got another Matson book for Christmas, and I’m excited to see if I like her other work just as much.

Tahehreh Mafi

I started reading the Shatter Me series last year, and I enjoy it a lot.  What really hooked me was the novellas from Warner’s perspective.  He is probably one of my favorite villains ever, and I’m so looking forward to seeing what happens next.

Rainbow Rowell

Carry On was one of my favorite books of the year, and I am dying for the upcoming sequel.  My sister is also a huge Rainbow Rowell fan, so I have faith that I will enjoy the rest of her books too.

Alice Hoffman

The Rules of Magic was, without a doubt, my favorite book of the year.  I started with Practical Magic (a movie that I love), and was slightly underwhelmed, but The Rules of Magic really blew me away.  Definitely a book I want to reread and one I recommend to everyone.

Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman

The Illuminae Files were out of this world.  Literally.  I still can’t get over how much I loved them.

Stephanie Garber

I was late on the Caraval train, but it really grabbed me.  I read the sequel, Legendary, as well, and I am anxiously awaiting Finale.

Dhonielle Clayton

I LOVED The Belles.  It was such a unique and interesting world that completely fascinated me.  I have an ARC of the next book, The Everlasting Rose (EEEEEE!! Still freaking out about this!), and I cannot wait to see where the story is going to go.

I cannot wait for all of the new authors I can discover in 2019! Leave me some of your favorites in the comments so I can add them to the list! 🙂
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Top 10 Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019


I am so excited for this new reading year, and there are a ton of books I can’t wait to get my hands on.  Here are my Top Ten Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019!  Bring on the new books! 🙂


The Wicked King by Holly Black

January 8th


The Gilded Wolved by Roshani Chokshi

January 15th


A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer

January 29th


Enchantée by Gita Trelease

February 5th


The Ruin of Kings by Jenn Lyons

February 5th


Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

March 5th


Children of Virtue and Vengeance by Tomy Adeyemi

March 5th


The Everlasting Rose by Dhonielle Clayton

March 5th


Defy Me by Tahereh Mafi

April 2nd


Finale by Stephanie Garber

May 7th

What books are you excited for this year? Let me know in the comments!! ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: My Top Ten Reads of 2018


I read 79 books this year and 31 of them were 5 star reads.  I was super lucky in having such a great reading experience this year, but there were 10 books that rose above the rest for me.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is celebrating our favorite books from 2018.

10. The Black Witch by Laurie Forest


I LOVED The Black Witch.  I bought it after reading the controversial reviews about it, and I am so glad I did.  The sequel came out this year as well and it was just as good as the first.  I can’t wait to see what is next because the world building and character development in this series has been so great.

9. Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas


I am obsessed with this whole series, but this one really stuck with me and got me hooked into the rest of the series.  I also just love Chaol in this one.

8. The Diviners by Libba Bray


I don’t know what took me so long to start this series, but I CANNOT wait to read the rest of them.  I was so addicted to the plot and fell in love with the characters and their powers.  Also the 1920’s time period was so fun.

7. The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah


Kristin Hannah is one of my favorite authors and her latest novel did not disappoint.  I sobbed like a little baby and these characters wormed their way into my heart.  I would love to see this made into a film.

6. Emma by Jane Austen


Emma is now one of my favorite classics.  I have become such an Austen fan and I think Emma is my favorite of her characters.

5. The House at Riverton by Kate Morton


This book haunted me for days and gave me one of my biggest book hangovers of the whole year.  It was also one of the first books I read in 2018 and it still stood up against all the rest.

4. Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman


I still can’t get over this series.  It took me for a ride I was completely unprepared for and I loved every minute of it.

3. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


This book is hilarious and so insanely clever.  I loved the world of magic and the language of the story and this is definitely a book I could re-read several times and never get sick of it.  I CANNOT wait for the sequel!

2. Valley of the Dolls by Jacqueline Susann


This. Book.  I am obsessed.  It is one of new favorite books of all time, and I will recommend it to anyone and everyone.  It was so revolutionary for its time and is still  completely relevant.  I can totally relate and reveled in the ins and outs of the entertainment industry, and there is nothing better than Old Hollywood Glamour.  Unfortunately, the movie ruined the book, but you can’t win them all.

1. The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman


Here it is, by far my favorite book of the year.  This book is absolutely STUNNING.  The writing, the characters, the story, the quotes.  It just takes the cake for me.  It’s pretty close to perfection.

What were your favorite books this year? Let me know in the comments which books I need to add to my 2019 TBR! ❤ Happy New Year everyone!

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree


Happy Holidays bookworms! Like many book addicts, I always have a long list of books I’d love for Santa to bring! In fact, I’d be happy with only books for Christmas.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Books I Hope to Find Under the Christmas Tree, so I picked a select few that I’ve been eyeing to feature on this Christmas day post ! 🙂 I hope everyone has a holiday filled with new adventures to read ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books on my Winter TBR


Since I am leaving for tour in January, I am currently trying to get through as many hard copy books as I can before I have to live mostly out of my kindle (we’ll see how long I can hold out before needing a real book…) This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is My Winter TBR, so here are 10 books that I am looking forward to getting to (most likely on my kindle) this winter season while I am on the road!


Lair of Dreams (The Diviners #2) by Libba Bray


The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2) by Holly Black

Dark of the West by Joanna Hathaway

Girls of Paper and Fire by Natasha Ngan

Only a Breath Apart by Katie McGarry


Lovestruck by Kate Watson

The Dating Game by Kiley Roache

Collide (The Color Alchemist #4) by Nina Walker

Ignite Me (Shatter Me #3) by Tahereh Mafi

Enchantée by Gita Trelease
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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Books My Roommate Recommends


My roommate, Joey, and I are both book fanatics, and we love sharing and talking about our current reads.  He is a HUGE fantasy nerd, and last year he read 36 fantasy books alone.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl was a freebie, so I decided to get Joey’s Ten Book Recommendations.

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


I loved how weird and quirky it was.  I have never read anything like it.  The cast of characters is amazing and widely diverse.  As someone who predominately reads series, it was unusual for me to find a standalone that was so fulfilling (although I’m pretty sure Gaiman has a sequel in the works now).

The Dark Tower Series by Stephen King


Stephen King is one of the best authors out there and, in his own words, this series is his Magnum Opus.  It is literally perfect and brilliant.  There are no other words to describe it.

The Dragon Bone Chair by Tad Williams


This book/series is just classic high-fantasy and is done in a way that doesn’t feel cliche.  There are also a ton of plot twists that really surprised me.

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke


I’ll be the first to admit that this book was an undertaking, and one I wasn’t sure I was going to be able to finish, but in hindsight it is an incredible book.  It is like if Jane Austen and Charles Dickens wrote a magical book together.  I loved the dynamic between our two main characters, as well as the system of magic in it.

The Wheel of Time Series by Robert Jordan


This is such a classic fantasy series and provided inspiration for a lot of fantasy authors, and I don’t think you can call yourself an avid fantasy fan without having read this series.

Interview With a Vampire by Anne Rice


This book (and series) is my favorite take on vampires out there.  It has the most in depth and introspective look into the vampires psyche and how complicated it is to be one.  Also Lestat is dreamy.

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren


I rarely get to see a good love story between two men, and this is such sweet romance.  It was so nice for me to see that representation in a young adult novel.

Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling


A horrible, trashy, gay, fantasy series.  What more could you ask for?

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo


I loved the system of magic in this series.  I thought it was super fresh and unique.  It also really didn’t shy away from the heroes’ dark pasts, which I appreciated as it gave them all more depth.  It was nice to see the protagonists not be so chivalrous.

The Silo Series by Hugh Howey


It’s just another YA dystopian novel, nothing groundbreaking, but it is lesser known and just as well written as the more popular books of its kind.

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Top 10 Tuesday: 10 Wintry Reads to Curl Up by the Fire With


Now that winter is in full swing, what could be better than curling up by the fire with a good read?  Unfortunately, I don’t have a fireplace in my apartment, but we have a lot of candles and the Netflix fireplace, so that will have to do for now.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is 10 Cozy/Wintry Books.

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden

The Iron Flower by Laurie Forest

Murder On the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

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Top 10 Tuesday: Favorite Platonic Relationships in Books


We all love a good romance, but we rarely celebrate the other, non-romantic relationships that many books have.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is all about our Favorite Platonic Relationships.

Kate and Tully from Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

I love their life-long friendship, and all of the trials they dealt with only made them a stronger pair.  They were so different and yet completed each other.

The Grant Family from Save the Date by Morgan Matson

I want to be a Grant.  Their family dynamic was so endearing and amazing, and I couldn’t get enough.  I loved the focus on family in this book.

Rhys, Azriel, and Cassian from A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

The best trio of bros you could ask for.  Each one of them is unique and they have their differences, but they work so well together.

Sookie and Pam from The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

Sookie and Pam’s relationship is so weird, but I love it.  Seeing it progress throughout the series was really fun and their banter is hilarious.

Bridget, Carmen, Lena, and Tibby from The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

This series was one of the first series I really fell in love with, and these girls feel like a part of my family.  I love how all four of them are so different but are soul mates all the same.

Kvothe and Auri from The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Their relationship is so sweet and strange, you can’t help but love it.

Kelsea and The Mace from the Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

The Mace was my favorite character in this series, and his fatherly care of Kelsea mixed with his gruffness was the perfect combo.  Their relationship was loving and perfect.

Jamie and Fergus from The Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon

I love how Jamie took Fergus into his family.  Their father-son relationship is amazing and continues to grow in each book.

George and Lennie from Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Ugh this book wrecked me.  George and Lennies tragic friendship is just incredible.

Harry and Hermione from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling

How could I not include Harry and Hermione?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Thankful for Recommendations


Happy Thanksgiving week everybody! I am so happy to be able to be home with my whole family for the holidays.  As we all get older the chance to be together gets rarer and rarer, and I am so thankful for this time we have together.  This week’s theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is a Thanksgiving/Thankfulness freebie, so I decided to highlight 10 book recommendations that I am thankful I received!  A couple of these are from last year’s thankful list as well, but I wanted to thank the people who brought them into my life too!

Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Recommended by: Kaley Davis


Not only was Firefly Lane an incredible and emotional book about best friends (recommended to me by my best friend), but it introduced me to one of my all time favorite authors, Kristin Hannah, for which I will forever be thankful.

The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss

Recommended by: Joey Simon


The Name of the Wind is one of my favorite books I have ever read, and it’s all thanks to Joey.  Now we can suffer together while waiting for the third book….

The Sookie Stackhouse Series by Charlaine Harris

Recommended by: Katie Wilson Stewart


Katie recommended this series to me while we were on tour together, and I am absolutely obsessed with it.  I have one book left and I can’t bring myself to finish it because I will be too sad.

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

Recommended by: The Orangutan Librarian


I saw Carry On on The Orangutan Librarian’s blog, and THANK GOD I listened because it is incredible.  I’ve passed on the recommendation to a million people as well.

Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard

Recommended by: Allison Hunt


Another series that I absolutely loved, Red Queen, was recommended to me by my friend from college, Allison, who is one of my favorite people to share books with.

A Court of Thorns and Roses Series by Sarah J. Maas

Recommended by: Annie Lukach


A Court of Thorns and Roses introduced me to Sarah J. Maas and for that I will forever be grateful to Annie for the recommendation and for finding my favorite book of 2017!

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Recommended by: Gabriella Perez


Gabby gave me this book when I was going through a tough time on the road, and it helped to re-inspire me again.

The Earth’s Children Series by Jean M. Auel

Recommended by: My Momma


My mom read this series when she was my age, and it has been really special to share them with her now.  She said she almost named me Ayla after the protagonist too…

Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett

Recommended by: My Dad


My favorite book, all thanks to my dad.  He made me read it, and to this day it has yet to be beat in my mind as my favorite book.  It was also my first instance with Ken Follett, who I am now obsessed with.

Harry Potter by JK Rowling

Recommended by: My Grandma


Probably the recommendation that I am THE MOST thankful for, is Harry Potter.  My Grandma bought me the first book and started to read it to me when I was about 9 years old.  I fought her on it for the first couple of chapters (I wanted there to be a girl character, which she assured me was coming later), and this series ended up changing my life.  It is the only series I repeatedly come back to whenever I need comfort, it has given me some of my most meaningful friendships, and will always be there to welcome me home. ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Merchandise I’d Like to Own


I don’t have too much bookish merchandise as of now, but I really do love the stuff that I DO have.  This week’s Top Ten Tuesday theme from That Artsy Reader Girl is Bookish Items/Merchandise I’d Like to Own.  I had a fun time “shopping” for this one, and hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on some of these things for real someday!


I have a crazy obsession with mugs, and I think this one would be a great addition to my collection.

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I saw this T-shirt in a bookstore recently, and I wish I would have gotten it.  I found it online, and its definitely on my list now.

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I love lists and keepsake books, so this is right up my alley.  I’ve been looking at it for a while, and just haven’t pulled the trigger on ordering it.  It looks like such a fun way to keep track of what I’m reading.

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I love a good baseball hat to hide my crazy post-show hair after taking it out of a wig.  I’ve been wanting a Deathly Hallows hat for a long time.

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I am obsessed with the Swish and Flick podcast, and I really want some of their merchandise.  I love this sweatshirt, and they also have a mug with their logo on it that is calling my name.

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Nook & Burrow has such a cool shop, and I’ve been wanting this bookmark for a while.  They have an amazing collection of bookish goodies so be sure to check them out!

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Jaime Fraser from Outlander was my first official book boyfriend, and I would LOVE to have this candle inspired by him from The Melting Library in my apartment.

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Not necessarily merchandise, but someday when I have my own library in a house (one can dream) I really would like nice collectible editions of my favorite classics.

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This throw pillow is so cute.  It would make a great addition to my future apartment.

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I am a huge bath reader, so having the new waterproof Kindle Paperwhite would be a game changer.  Especially since I’ll be on the road all year and won’t be able to pack all my real books.

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