Yearly Archives:: 2013

Happy New Year 2014!

December 31, 2013 About Me 11

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This has been a wonderful year of books and blogging! I talked a lot about my 2013 bookish life in my year end survey, so decided that I’d just mention a couple big things that happened to me in my life away from the blog. This has been a pretty big year for me!

I drove 100 miles away from home in the middle of the night on a secret mission with my mom. I applied and was accepted to my top choice for graduate school. I quit my job from hell to take the plunge into graduate studies, and had an amazing first semester, finishing with a 4.0 GPA. I went on back-to-back cruises with my family and spent two weeks floating from port to port, exploring new places. I went through the temple. I turned 25!!! I recorded a song with the famous Lex de Azevedo for his new CD. I went on a girls trip with my mom and sister to Las Vegas. I drove across the country (twice) with my mom for my grad school orientation in Georgia, followed by a cruise to the Bahamas out of Florida. On that road trip I got to see very dear family friends in Louisiana, who I thought for sure I would never see again. Ever. I discovered colored tights and how much I adore them. I took a big step in improving my health. We had a huge flood here, something that has not happened in decades. The whole family was here for Thanksgiving. I discovered my love for chamomile tea. I was spoiled by my Broke and Bookish secret santa. I discovered the amazingness of 7-eleven hot chocolate. We had so many awesome blizzards! I went to a lovely Christmas concert with my mom, which is a tradition we try to uphold every year. My family and I went to Las Vegas at Christmastime to see how they decorate. It was no good at all, but now we know! Nobody was sick or in the hospital for Christmas this year, so we were all together as a family! My family and I exchanged so many gifts and stories. It was a wonderful year. Yes, there were some sad times, but how can you enjoy the good times if you don’t have bad ones?

I hope 2014 is filled with more memories and amazing experiences, and I hope the same for you! I will be spending tonight with my family eating a huge feast of yummy finger foods, watching Jaws and a Big Bang Theory marathon, and watching the ball drop to ring in the new year. I hope you all have a wonderful new year’s, and spend it with those you love. I will see you next year!


2013 End of Year Book Survey

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It’s that time of year again where I get the chance to reflect on my year of reading. Thanks to Jamie for hosting this survey again!

Best YA book 2013

cress1. Best book you read in 2013?
The BEST of the best was Cress by Marissa Meyer. OH MY. But since I love all the books, I am breaking down some more bests of their genre so nobody feels left out.

YA Contemporary: Just One Day by Gayle Forman, Golden= by Jessi Kirby, Time After Time by Tamara Ireland Stone, and Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill.
YA Dystopia: Into the Still Blue by Veronic Rossi and Scarlet by Marissa Meyer.
YA Fantasy: Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo.
Adult Fiction: Starry Night by Debbie Macomber

2. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
Triangles by Kimberly Ann Miller. It was just no good on multiple levels.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2013?
Renegade by J.A. Souders. SO GOOD! Amazing world, beautiful writing, unique premise. Loved this book.

4. Book you read in 2013 that you recommended to people most?
Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney. It’s so artsy and lovely. And misunderstood.

5. Best series you discovered in 2013?
Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier. I read the entire series this year, and just loved it!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2013?
Ally Carter. I just discovered the Heist Society series, and love it!

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?
Touching the Surface by Kimberly Sabatini. I am not a fan of angel and afterlife books, because I usually do not like the author’s take on the subject matter. This book was wonderful, though.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2013?
Cress by Marissa Meyer. OH MAN.

9. Book you read in 2013 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
I have never re-read a book in my life, but if I could read a book all over again for the first time, it would be Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. It was just so sweet!

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2013?meant to be
Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill.

11. Most memorable character in 2013?
Captain Thorne in Marissa Meyer’s Cress. I loved him before, but I am so smitten with him now!

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2013?
Starry Nights by Daisey Whitney. I’m an art lover, what can I say? Daisy turned art into magic.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2013?
Just One Day by Gayle Forman

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2013 to finally read?
Heist Society by Ally Carter

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2013?
This is from Starry Nights by Daisy Whitney:

“When the paintings come out for you, it’s what people have meant all along when they talk about artists being immortal. In a way, their work can live forever. When the art comes alive it’s like the immortal version of the painting, like a little bit of the person painted has gotten to live forever.”

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2013?
Shortest: Mistletoe in Manhattan by Talli Rolland at 60 pages.
Longest: Cress by Marissa Meyer at 506 pages.

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?
Pretty much all of Cress and Into the Still Blue. And this sucks, because neither are out yet. That’s probably why I want to talk about them so bad.

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2013?
Perry and roar in Into the Still Blue. Very tender. I also loved Perry with Talon. Just SO SWEET.

perfect ruin19. Favorite book you read in 2013 from an author you’ve read previously?
I’m not going to count sequels here, because those are just a given. I’d have to say Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano. I did not like Wither, and actually did not even continue with that trilogy. I LOVED Perfect Ruin, though, and can’t wait for the next installment!

20. Best book you read in 2013 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else?
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway is the only book I read this year because someone told me to. I ended up really liking it!

21. Genre you read the most from in 2013?
I read a very eclectic mix of books this year, but I think the genres I read the most of are YA dystopias and contemporaries.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2013?
Tarver from These Broken Stars.

23. Best 2013 debut you read?
All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill.

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2013?
Renegade by J.A. Souders.

25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2013?
Camp Boyfriend by J.K. Rock was so much fun! It was light and sweet and the perfect escape.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2013?
Into the Still Blue by Veronica Rossi.

27. Book you read in 2013 that you think got overlooked when it came out?
Instructions for a Broken Heart by Kim Culbertson. I heard NOTHING about this book when it came out, and would not have even found it if I were not so hungover from my trip to Italy last spring that I went searching for any and all book that took place in Europe. And hardly ANY of my friends have read it. It deserves more attention!

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1. New favorite book blog you discovered in 2013?
Pop! Goes the Reader – Jen is just awesome.
The Book Addict’s Guide – Britney was my Broke and Bookish Secret Santa last year, and I am SO glad because she has such a fun blog, and I had never heard of it before!

2. Favorite review that you wrote in 2013?
All Our Yesterdays is the first review I wrote that required a GIF to explain my thoughts. I was speechless!

3. Best discussion you had on your blog?
I wrote a quick little thing on the fact that I suffer from blogging anxiety while I sat in my hotel on the way to grad school orientation in Georgia. (Yeah, my mom and I drove from Utah to Georgia and back this past summer.) I was feeling super overwhelmed by becoming a student again and having no time to blog, plus my trip was really long and I felt like I was ignoring my readers. It was a very helpful post for me, and I loved reading what others had to say! I had comments coming in on Twitter and Facebook in addition to the blog, so it was nice.

There was also quite a bit of chit chat on my post asking if people check back for follow-up comments on blogs they visit. I wrote this back before I was on WordPress, so I had no idea how to make sure my readers and commenters knew I was responding to them. Now that I’m on WordPress, I don’t have to worry anymore!

I also confessed that I can’t read while I’m sick, which really sucks. Many people understood my frustration, which was nice to read as I laid in bed wanting to die.

4. Most thought-provoking review or discussion you read on somebody else’s blog?
Oh wow… I honestly can’t remember any specific discussion this year. I know there were tons, but I just can’t think of one in particular that stood out more than the others.

5. Best event that you participated in?
Armchair BEA was fun, but not as much fun as it was last year. I think it’s because a lot of the questions and writing prompts were re-used and I had nothing new to say. That’s really the only event I participated in this year, other than blog tours.

6. Best moment of book blogging/your book life in 2013?
I discovered that I was mentioned by name in the acknowledgements section of Uncharted by Tracey Garvis-Graves, which is the sequel to On the Island! I about lost it all! I am still so honored and floored. :)

I also switched from Blogger to self-hosted WordPress this year, which was pretty wonderful. I have not looked back once!

7. Most popular post this year on your blog?
This is hard, since my stats got all messed up/lost in the move to WordPress. If I look at comments alone, the most popular post was my Top Ten Favorite Book Covers (on Books I’ve Read) post.

8. Post you wished got a little more love?
In all honesty, I wish my reviews got more love! I spend a lot of time writing those, and I know they are being read! I wish I could discuss these books with my readers more. :)

9. Best bookish discovery?
Wordpress, Ashley’s Tweak Me theme, and Ashley’s Ultimate Book Blogger Plugin! This change has been the BEST. Oh, and I bit the bullet and joined Edelweiss, which I should have done so much earlier!

10. Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?
I surpassed my goal of reading 52 books this year! My other goals are still ongoing.

2014-books

1. One book you didn’t get to in 2013 but will be your number one priority in 2014?
Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I’m so scared about what others have said about it, but I really think I need to just do it and finish the series.

isla and the happily ever after2. Books you are most anticipating for 2014 (non-debut)?
Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Infinite by Jodi Meadows
Second Star by Alyssa B. Sheinmel

3. 2014 debut you are most anticipating?
The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings
Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

4. Series ending you are most anticipating in 2014?
I would have said Into the Still Blue, bust since I read that already AND LOVED IT, I’m going to have to say Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo! I am SO excited to see how The Grisha trilogy ends. Or maybe Of Neptune by Anna Banks. Or Infinite by Jodi Meadows. OH WOW. My heart can’t handle saying goodbye to these characters and worlds!

5. One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging in 2014?
I’d really love to get a blurb in a book one day. :) Other than that, I want to just keep doing what I’m doing… only better. And I really need to work on more discussion posts! I want to get to know all my readers better!


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2013 Uncategorized 3

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Merry Christmas, my wonderful friends! I hope you have an amazing day with your loved ones! I hope today is filled with yummy food, music, giving, receiving, relaxing, laughing, and love. I hope you got everything you wished for! I will be spending my day with my family, opening presents and making memories.

Thank you so much for celebrating this amazing season with me on the blog this month! Thank you to the publishers who provided Christmas books and giveaways. Thank you to my guest posters who talked all about Christmas in their countries! Thanks for all your comments, recommendations, and discussions. It has been so much fun! I hope you have a very merry bookish little Christmas. :) Things will be a bit sparse on the blog as I recover from this crazy month, but I’ll still be around!

How was your day? What did you get? What did you do? Tell me, tell me!


Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings Tonight!

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

Merry Christmas Eve! Tonight is one of my very favorite nights of the entire Christmas season. I would like to pause my life and live in Christmas Eve for a few days. I love the magic and the anticipation. I have been blessed this year with so many books from friends and from publishers! How could I possibly want anything more? The thing about books, though, is that you can never run out and you can never have too many! Here are the top ten books I’m hoping Santa has in his bag for me. :)

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Fragments by Dan Wells
The Princess in the Opal Mask by Jenny Lundquist
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
The Funny Thing Is by Ellen DeGeneres
Charlotte Street by Danny Wallace

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Love Overdue by Pamela Morsi
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
A Tale of Two Centuries by Rachel Harris
The Lost Girls by Jennifer Baggett, Holly Corbett, and Amanda Pressner
Champion by Marie Lu

So, what’s on your list for Santa? I hope he brings you all the books!


One Sweet Christmas by Darlene Fredette | Mini Book Review

December 23, 2013 Adult Fiction, Book Review 4 ★★★

One Sweet Christmas by Darlene Fredette | Mini Book ReviewOne Sweet Christmas by Darlene Fredette
Published by Escape Publishing on December 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Romance
Pages: 48
Format: eBook
Source: Bought from Amazon
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3 Stars
It’s going to take more than a few pieces of chocolate to fill this Scrooge’s heart with Christmas cheer. Luckily Candice Cane has a whole shop full...

Candice Cane is not proud of the way she acted after her last encounter with Jackson Frost. Sure revenge was fun, but it’s left Jackson standing, angry and looking for answers, on the welcome mat in her chocolate shop. Now he’s after some revenge of his own.

Jackson returned to his small hometown for one reason and one reason only...so he’s not sure how he’s ended up in a Santa suit in the middle of a chocolate shop, at the behest of its beautiful owner, instead of high-tailing it back to the city as fast as he can.

Jackson wants nothing to do with his small town past, but Candice shows him what he didn’t even know he’d been missing. Can a bit of Christmas magic heal old wounds and offer up a future neither saw coming?

With characters named Candice Cane and Jackson Frost, how can you not expect One Sweet Christmas to be super cheesy and eye-roll worthy? Haha. Yes, this book was filled with cheesiness, but luckily I’m in the mood for that during Christmastime!

One Sweet Christmas is filled with yummy Christmas treats! I loved reading about all the food Candi baked. And I loved her little chocolate shop. She holds parties and Santa visits for her customers! How cute and small town does that sound? She also works at this cute little inn. Really, the setting was so much fun and so picturesque.

Jackson and Candi have kind of a crazy past, and when he shows up at her shop with a TON of questions for her she shoves him in a Santa suit and lets the children loose. She is super mad and the frosty Jackson Frost, but he is too cute with those kids for her to resist. Jackson is not too happy to be back in his small home town, but he is so smitten with Candi that he sticks around and ends up learning a lot about himself. Of course, there’s romance and mending hearts.

This is the kind of story you read for the smiles and the simple messages, not the characters or the little details. Candi and Jackson are not very noteworthy, and this story has been done before in some way. But that doesn’t matter! All bets are off at Christmas, and if you’re looking for a spoonful of sugar and some Christmas cheer, then definitely give this cute little book a shot!


My Favorite Christmas Ornaments

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I love, love, LOVE decorating my Christmas tree every year! It’s one of my favorite things to do to get ready for Christmas, and a huge part of that is because of the sentimental value of my Christmas ornaments! Some of them I get just because they are pretty, but most of them I get for a specific reason. I get them from the different places I travel to or for significant things that happen in my life. I thought I would show off some of my favorites today!

First off, let me show you my tree! It makes me happy.

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Ok, now to my beloved Christmas ornaments!

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My mom got me this ornament this year to commemorate
my move to a self-hosted domain. It is adorable!

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This is my Venice ornament! I got it on my European trip
last spring. Because I had very little room in my suitcase, and
because Italy is not so into ornaments, I bought a keychain
and removed the split ring! You’d never know, would you?

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This ornament commemorates the the year I
started Kindergarten!

Florence

This is my hand painted ball from Florence, Italy! I have
no idea how this thing survived the beating my suitcase
went through for three weeks. I’m so glad I didn’t break it!

PianoMy very first piano lesson!

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I graduated from high school in 2005. This was
my senior picture!

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Bellagio, Italy! I bought this ornament from a little shop
up the hill from my lakeside hotel. The lady who owned
this shop painted it herself! It’s beautiful.

cruiseThis is a mini replica of the cruise ship I took
my transatlantic cruise on! Royal Caribbean’s Navigator
of the Seas.

Empire
My mom and I went to New York City right before
Christmas a few years ago, and braved the cold to go to
the top of the Empire State Building one night. It was freezing
and windy, but so clear and beautiful!

Misty
Those of you who follow me on Instagram have seen millions of pictures
of my sweet Cat, Misty. This ornament is from her first Christmas! Isn’t she tiny?

So you see, my Christmas tree is not just a pretty thing I sit in my living room. It holds 26 years of memories. Vacations, events, milestones, and happy times are remembered each time I decorate with my family, and each time I sit down to read next to it. :)

Do you have any ornaments that are special to you? Describe them for me, or tag me on Instagram or Twitter so I can see!


Books for Christmas!?!

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I watched this probably three times, because it is hilarious! I was not always a book lover, so I understand how this kid feels. Books, after all, are not toys.

Unlike him, I hope I get LOTS of books for Christmas! Which ones are you hoping for?


Cross Country Christmas by Tiffany King | Mini Book Review

December 19, 2013 Book Review, New Adult 2 ★★★★

Cross Country Christmas by Tiffany King | Mini Book ReviewCross Country Christmas by Tiffany King
Published by AT Publishing LLC on November 1, 2013
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Holiday, Romance
Pages: 162
Format: eBook
Source: Bought from Amazon
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4 Stars
With the holiday season upon her, Jamie Foster is once again stressed about making her yearly visit back home to Woodfalls, still single. Fate intervenes in the form of Grant Johnson, a boy she grew up with, who catches the same flight while returning home from a business trip.

When a malfunction sends their plane crashing down on the runway upon takeoff, Jamie and Grant decide to rent a car and make the nine-hundred-mile drive home together. Ironically for them, anything that can go wrong does as they face one hysterical hurdle after another.

Christmas may finally bring Jamie the gift of love she has always wanted if she and Grant can manage to overcome a few obstacles along the way. Ho-ho-ho!

I really love a good road trip story, so when I discovered that this is both a Christmas book and a road trip book, I got very excited! I also love serendipitous moments in romance novels, when two characters end up in just the right place at the right time. This is exactly what happens to Jamie and Grant, when they happen upon each other in the airport and miraculously end up sitting next to each other on their flight home for Christmas. After years apart, they revert right back to their twitterpated high school selves.

Jamie is this quirky accident-prone girl who has always had a thing for Grant. Of course, Grant has a thing for her as well and has no idea how to show it to her. As she falls all over the place and sticks her foot in her mouth, he teases her like a schoolboy. It was refreshing to see a couple that don’t quite have it all together. They seemed very real to me. I enjoyed their conversations as they sat cooped up in an extremely tiny car, driving the 900 miles home after their plane crashed on the runway. Bad luck followed them everywhere they went, which I feel brought out the best in them both.

I loved the festive mood this book created! The scenery, the people they meet, and the things they learn… plus the sweet romance just made me smile. I definitely recommend you grab yourself a copy of Cross Country Christmas. It’s a quick, sweet read with a little steam and a lot of heart.


Christmas Markets in Vienna, Austria | Guest Post by Karin

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Hello you lovely readers!

Jana asked me if I want to participate in her Bookish Little Christmas series and I immediately agreed. I love reading Jana’s blog and hers was one of the first book blogs I discovered when I started.

But let’s start at the beginning! My name is Karin, I blog over at My Life… and I am living in Austria’s beautiful capital Vienna. If you ever plan to come here, feel free to contact me. I would love to meet you.

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Vienna is beautiful over the holiday season. Lights and decorations appear in many windows and basically over night many Christmas markets pop up all over the city. When I was a kid my mum and I started the tradition of going to at least the two major Christmas markets in Vienna each year. Over the last years a lot of new Christmas markets opened, some with lovely arts and craft stands and some, sadly, only selling mulled wine and punch.

LebkuchenToysFor me going to a Christmas market has something magical. Going out when it’s already dark and wandering from booth to booth with lots of other people looking at the crafts, candles, toys, ornaments and other beautiful things people sell, stopping from time to time to buy a hot apple punch or baked potatoes was always something special and a beloved holiday tradition.

My favorite Christmas markets in Vienna always were and still are the huge one in front of the city hall and the much smaller one in front of Schönbrunn castle. There the whole atmosphere with the beautiful castle in the background and the enormous Christmas tree at the center makes this one amazing. Unfortunately it’s always extremely cold there because the wind can blow right through all the stands.

RathausplatzGoing to a Christmas market means putting on layers and layers of clothes, getting all warm and cozy with a big woolen scarf, mittens and maybe even a hat (which I hate – don’t ask me why) and enjoy Christmas music, some hot drinks and inhale the festive mood. A must for me whenever I cross a Christmas market, which I usually do when I go to university (I am one lucky girl), is buying some chocolate covered strawberries. I love them so much, the crunchy cool chocolate and the soft and delicious strawberry, and I only eat them (the ones covered in chocolate, not strawberries in general) during Christmas season.

Heart-TreeSo when you ever visit Vienna during Christmas time, go to the Christmas markets in front of city hall and look at the trees in the park right next to it and you will see lights up in the trees – some incredibly corny, like snowmen, presents or candy canes, and some traditional like red hearts. The tree with the red hearts in it is called “Herzerl-Baum” in Vienna and has been there since I was a child. When those red hearts appear in the tree Christmas season officially starts for me. And if you look closely you can also find a post office in the park where you can post your letter to the Christkind, which basically is the Austrian equivalent to Santa. It does not come through the chimney but it puts up the tree on December 24th and leaves all your presents under it for you to open on Christmas Eve. Before it leaves it rings a bell to tell you that everything is ready. Waiting for the Christkind on the 24th was always filled with lots of anticipation and family fun but the days before will always be filled with visits to my favorite Christmas markets.

I wish you all a merry Christmas and wonderful days filled with family, friends, incredible food and many many books. Also, a huge thank you to Jana for having me here today.

Thanks so much, Karin! I would absolutely LOVE to come to Vienna and experience Christmas! (And to visit you, of course!) Thanks for sharing with us today. :)


Top Ten New to Me Authors I Read in 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted over at the other blog I write for, The Broke and the Bookish.

This is a pretty exciting topic for this week! I love, love, LOVE discovering new authors! Sadly, I have not read very many new authors this year, but here are the new ones I love! And I am not counting debut authors, because they were new to everyone this year!

While you’re here, be sure to enter my international wishlist giveaway!
(Link is in my sidebar.)

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Just One Day & Just One Year

I read both of these books this year, and I really like Gayle’s storytelling and her characters. I adored Just One Day, and was majorly hungover after it. Just One Year was quite disappointing, though. I have not read any of her other books because I’m terrified of them. I hate crying!

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Starry Nights

Starry Nights was one of my favorite books of the year, which puts me in the minority. I think I connected with this book so well because I love art history and art so much. Daisy was able to turn art into magic with this book, and I loved that so much!

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Renegade & Revelations

J.A.’s writing style is gorgeous, and this new trilogy is SO unique and exciting. I love the world she created, and I love the characters. My favorite thing about these books, though, is the vivid imagery J.A. created for us. SO pretty! The descriptions of the scenery had me swooning.

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Golden

I know, right?! My first Jessi Kirby book EVER! And I loved it! I love romance novels, and this one had very little romance in it. I still really enjoyed it, though, which means Jessi is awesome. I am so excited to get to more of her books.

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Heist Society

I am a big fan of the Heist Society series, even though I’ve only read the first one. Ally’s writing is so perfect that I barely notice it. I know that sounds weird, but it just works for the story. I can’t wait to read more of this series, as well as The Gallagher Girls.

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Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm

Leigh can go from writing deep feelings to crazy battle scenes to detailed descriptions of Grisha powers. If her writing was not so amazing these books would be just another fantasy trilogy.

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Unremembered

While I LOVED Unremembered, I also had so much fun getting to know Jessica through the guest post she did for me as part of her blog tour! She is such a nice person.

robinbenwayAudrey, Wait!

This book was just so much fun!

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Sleigh Bells in the Snow

I read very little adult romance this year, but I really loved this one!

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The Winner’s Curse

This book is amazing! I love Marie’s writing style, and her creative mind.

And there you have it! Which awesome authors did you discover this year?