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Top Ten Romantic Things Book Characters Have Said

February 12, 2018 Top Ten Tuesday 44

In honor of Valentine’s Day tomorrow this week’s topic is a love freebie! I’m so excited to see what you chose to write your list on.

I love swoony romances. I can’t help it! I am a hopeless romantic, and I love reading about people in love. Today I’ve chosen to share some of the swooniest, most romantic, most lovey dovey things that book characters have said to each other. I’ve limited the list to books I’ve actually read and can vouch for.

1. “You’re like a song that I heard when I was a little kid but forgot I knew until I heard it again.”
― Maggie Stiefvater, Shiver

2. “For there are no limits to the stars, their numbers infinite. Which is precisely why I measure my love for you by the stars. An amount too boundless to count.”
– Kerri Maniscalco, Hunting Prince Dracula

3. “I am broken and healing, but every piece of my heart belong to you.”
– Sarah J. Maas, A Court of Mist and Fury

4. “I think I died to be reborn with you”
― Jodi Meadows, Incarnate

5. “There is no end to our story.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Siege and Storm

6. “I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I’d catch myself walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I’d seen something that I wanted to tell you about or because I wanted to hear your voice. And then I’d realize that you weren’t there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I’ve risked my life for you. I’ve walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I’d do it again and again and again  just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don’t tell me we don’t belong together.”
― Leigh Bardugo, Shadow and Bone

7. “I just want to spend every possible minute of the rest of my life with you.”
— Suzanne Collins, Catching Fire

8. “Your soul sings to mine. My soul is yours, and it always will be, in any world. No matter what happens.”
— Laini Taylor, Daughter of Smoke and Bone

9. “I have no need for a world without you in it.”
— Claudia Gray, A Thousand Pieces of You

10. “How could you not know?” His voice was full of wonderment. “You changed me utterly. You were like a…like a bright, wonderful bloom in a garden full of weeds. Like a graceful capital on a page of plain script, a letter decorated with the deepest, finest colors in all Erin. Like a flame, Caitrin. Like a song.”
― Juliet Marillier, Heart’s Blood

What’s your very favorite romance novel? What about your favorite romantic quote or scene? I’d love recommendations, or to hear your thoughts on the quotes I shared!


Top Ten Books That Have Been on my To-Read List the Longest

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This week I want to know which books have been hanging out on your TBR the longest, yet you still haven’t read them. My tastes tend to change over the years and I’ve removed many books from my TBR that I lost interest in. But there are some that have hung in there for 5-10 years and I just haven’t read them yet even though I still really want to. Those are the books I’m going to share with you today!


A Thousand Days In Venice by Marlena de Blasi (VENICE, guys!!)
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton (Sounds amazing!)
The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullogh (My mom loves this!!)


Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella (Sophie!!)
Spirited Away by Cindy Miles (Trime travel romance. YES!)
Beauty by Robin McKinley (B&B retelling!!)


Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale (Sounds great!)
Must’ve Done Something Good by Cheryl Cory (MC loves The Sound of Music like me!)
360 Degrees Longitude: One Family’s Journey Around the World by John Higham (Travel memoir!)


Juliet by Anne Fortier (Sounds wonderful!)

Which books do I need to read ASAP? Which would I be better off removing from my TBR forever? Have you been wanting to read any of these?


Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read

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This week’s topic is “Top Ten Books I Can’t Believe I Read”. I made this topic broad on purpose so that you could interpret it however you’d like. Were these books out of your comfort zone? Were they guilty pleasures you’re embarrassed to admit you read? Were they a genre you hate or for an age group you don’t typically read? Were you forced to read it in school and were surprised you actually did it instead o pretending you did? Perhaps they were intimidating to you, had a million pages, were on a topic you tend to shy away from, etc. I’m kind of all over the place with my list. lol. I’m excited to see how you’ve spun this topic!

 

1. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The premise of this book (kids killing each other) seemed SUPER upsetting to me and like something I would NEVER want to read. Ever. I figured it would be way too disturbing, but then I kept hearing about it and my curiosity got the better of me. I really loved it, but I still can’t believe I actually took the plunge.

2. Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
When I first heard about this book I was a sophomore in college, and the idea of sexy vampires was unheard of to me. In what universe would I ever fall in love with a vampire? Again, I kept hearing about it… And then a guy in my Color Theory class brought his wife’s copy in for an assignment where we had to get up in front of the class and analyze color choices of products. That was the first time I’d ever seen the cover of the book I’d been hearing about. My mom and I decided to read it together for fun, and I was hooked.

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
So… I found this book in a Scholastic book fair (in 1997) at my school library when I was a little kid and I thought the cover looked cool. I’d never heard about this book, and none of the other books had been released yet so nobody was really talking about it. I bought it and brought it home and read 3 pages before I gave up. And honestly, I went years before I even heard of these books again. I even donated my copy! I vowed to never force myself to read them because I was so not into the first one, but then the movies started coming out and the book blogging world became major pushers of the series for me. I still wasn’t interested, though, because I won’t succumb to peer pressure. The only reason I read this book is because a professor in my library and information science grad program required it for an assignment in my Children’s Literature course. 17 years after I DNFd the book I finally read it, and really enjoyed it. Now I’m working my way through the series and it’s so much fun!

 

4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
Ok, so I only read this book because Marissa Meyer wrote it. I really hate Alice In Wonderland, so I was not at all interested in this book except for the fact that I love Marissa. And really, I didn’t like it much anyway. lol. But the writing was lovely!

5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Blah. Another required reading in grad school, this time for my YA Lit class. I hate cancer books, I hate crying, and I was not at all a John Green person… this book had absolutely nothing going for it in my mind, and I had no interest in it. And… it was super meh. At least I didn’t cry, though! lol. Still not a John Green person either…

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
I was terrified of this book. I wanted to read it because I had heard it was beautiful and unique and amazing, but I was so scared because of the subject matter. I have a hard time with holocaust books and crying and death. I met Markus at ALA one year and he personalized a beautiful hardback copy (free from the pub) of this for me. That was what made me decide to bite the bullet. He was soooo nice and I wanted to read his book. The final push, though, was when I was assigned to read this in grad school as well. It is beautiful and I loved it, but it was very hard to read.

 

 

7. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
This was my first YA contemporary romance! I was never a fan of contemporary novels, and stuck to dystopia or thriller or historical romance, so Anna was my gateway book. The cover is kinda cheesy and the title is a little gaggy, but this is now one of my favorite books of all time and it opened me up to a whole world of really great YA contemporary romances. I’m so glad I took the plunge!

8. Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
Another gateway book! This was my very first fantasy novel. Ever. I bought it because I was going to a Fierce Reads author signing (my first author signing) and I wanted all the autographs. I knew nothing about it, but when Leigh talked about it at the signing I became intrigued and decided to read it. It’s another one of my favorite novels ever, and I have read so many amazing fantasies because of it.

9. On the Island by Tracey Garvis-Graves
This book. I have so much love for this book and the author. I read On the Island way back when, as a self-published novel a couple years before Penguin bought it, gave it a new cover, and published it. I got an email about a book tour and read the synopsis and thought there was no way the book was for me. I didn’t love the age gap between the couple, and I had had some bad experiences working with self-published authors so I was very uninterested. But the synopsis got under my skin and I kept thinking about it, so I decided to go ahead and sign up a few days later. I received my ebook and began reading one evening. I could. Not. Stop. I loved it so much. The writing was amazing and the story was so sweet and wonderful and exciting. This was the ultimate out of my comfort zone kind of book, and I am so proud of myself for being brave and saying yes! It’s now one of my top 5 favorite books of all time. I’ve pushed it on many, many people since I read it. And if you look in the acknowledgments of the sequel you’ll see my name. :)

 

 

10. Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
This was a required read in my Children’s Literature class and I hated it even more than I thought I would. Blech. I can’t believe I can claim I’ve read this. Clearly my dumb grad school never let me make my own decisions! I’m literally fuming as I write this that I will have to lie to people if I want to tell them I’ve never read a Wimpy Kid book.

Which books can you not believe you read?


Top Ten (Ahem… Fifteen) Books I Liked But Can’t Remember

January 22, 2018 Top Ten Tuesday 73

This week’s topic is about the books you loved or really liked, but can’t remember much about. This is a big problem for me, especially where series books are concerned. I love reading a really amazing series, but sometimes I get caught up in so many series at a time that I get really overwhelmed. I end up forgetting the important things from the first/second books and not having the time to re-read them (or the desire because I didn’t LOVE it enough to read it again), but still wanting to finish the series! It’s so frustrating. Luckily I have the Recaptains to help me remember the important stuff, but not always! I’m going to highlight those series books I read but don’t remember, which has sadly prevented me from finishing the series.

 

1. Poison Study (Study #1) by Maria V. Snyder
2. Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
3. Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers
4. Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas
5. Forbidden (Forbidden #1) by Kimberly Griffiths Little
6. The Winner’s Curse (The Winner’s Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
7. Rebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands #1) by Alwyn Hamilton
8. Daughter of Smoke and Bone (Daughter of Smoke and Bone #1) by Laini Taylor
9. Thorns (The Frost Chronicles #2) by Kate Avery Ellison
10. Captivate (Submerged Sun #1) by Vanessa Garden
11. The Conspiracy of Us (The Conspiracy of Us #1) by Maggie Hall
12. Of Sea and Stone (Secrets of Itlantis #1) by Kate Avery Ellison
13. Uncommon Criminals (Heist Society #2) by Ally Carter
14. Shatter Me (Shatter Me #1) by Tahereh Mafi
15. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray

Obviously I need some help here! Which books are worth re-reading so I can finish the series? Which were meh? Which should I give up on completely?

Have you ever had this problem I’m dealing with? What do I do?


Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2018

January 15, 2018 Top Ten Tuesday 66

Welcome to the brand new home of Top Ten Tuesday!

We said a very bittersweet goodbye on The Broke and the Bookish last week. Make sure you stop by, because we all had some sappy things to say and left links for where you can find us.

I’m really excited, but also kind of terrified, to take on hosting such a beloved meme all by myself. I loved writing at The Broke and the Bookish, and am a little sad today because I’ll really miss working with those ladies! Life has taken us all in different directions, though, so the time finally came that we had to split up. I wish them all the happiest lives ever and hope we stay in touch. :)

This week’s topic is centered around our bookish resolutions/goals for 2018. I really love making goals, and I always get to excited when I stick to them. Let’s hope I can with these!

1. Read more classics.
I read two classics in 2017 by Arthur Conan Doyle (A Study In Scarlet and The Sign of the Four) and felt so unbelievably accomplished. lol. I want to feel that way even more! I’m hoping to read Pride and Prejudice and maybe Gone With the Wind? I’m not sure yet. Do you have any recommendations?

2. Read more books this year than I did last year.
I fell into a book slump and ended up reading way less than usual. I’d like to read more than 45 books this year, which should not be too hard. How many books are you hoping to read this year?

3. Write my book review for a book before starting the next one.
I used to do this, so I don’t even know what happened. lol. Maybe I lost my mojo? I’ve got a big list of reviews I still need to write, and I am so overwhelmed. I also don’t remember all the little details of why I loved or didn’t love some of these books. Making myself write a review before I can move on to another book will really improve my blogging, I think. Do you do this?

4. Embrace the concept of DNF.
I need to get even better at DNFing (did not finish) a book. I think this is why I fell into my slump last year. I didn’t DNF because I wanted to reach my goal or because I wanted to say I’d read something. Looking back over the books I read last year, I didn’t like many of them.

5. Read the books I’ve bought.
I buy and am gifted a lot of books, but I always push them to the side to read the books I’m sent for review. But I don’t OWE anyone anything. I need to feel like it’s ok to read the non-review books that I’ve bought because obviously those ones meant enough to me to pay for.

6. Weed my bookshelves again.
I’ve done this a few times over the last two years, and it’s liberating. I don’t have all the space in the world, and I’m feeling my tastes changing. I need to be ok with donating books I no longer think I’m going to read. I’m weighed down by so many books I’m not sure I’m interested in! Reading the books I’ve bought will help me with this.

7. Ignore the hype.
If I want to read a book, I should read it even if it’s not hyped up or if I know people who hated it. If I don’t want to read a book or want to DNF a book, I should not talk myself out of those decisions because everyone loves that book! Down with peer pressure!

8. Figure out my taste in books again.
As I mentioned above, I’m feeling my interests and my likes/dislikes changing as far as books go. Maybe it’s because I turned 30 last year and am really settling into adulthood, but I feel like I’m moving away from certain kinds of books. I’m no longer wanting to read books about people half my age. I find myself looking for more mature characters with careers and serious relationships, more world building, more details, more intensity, etc. I’m less interested in the books I used to really want to read, which is not to say that I don’t like those kinds of books anymore… I’m just getting pickier about them. I need to embrace this shift and figure out what kind of books I love now.

9. Read more during the day.
I pretty much only have time to read late at night now. This isn’t good for me, plus it’s harder to retain what you read when you’re so bleary-eyed while reading. I’m staying up so late and then I’m tired the next day. I also can’t read my scary books. lol. I need to carve out some me time at some point in the day where I can relax and enjoy some reading time.

10. Browse the backlist.
It’s not all about new or recent releases. I want to read the books nobody is talking about anymore and be different from everyone else. Ever noticed how you see the same handful of books being reviewed on each blog? I want to be different and breathe new life into the books that were released 5-10 years ago.

What are you hoping to accomplish in your bookish life this year?


Top Ten Books I Meant to Read In 2017 But Didn’t Get To

January 8, 2018 Top Ten Tuesday 73

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

I suppose today’s post is kind of like a 2018 TBR? We’re talking about the books we had planned to read in 2017 but just didn’t get to for some reason. Sadly, my list is REALLY long because I fell into a major slump. I’m hoping 2018 is better to me, though! I’m excited about all the possibilities. I’m sharing with you 10 of the books I’m hoping to make a priority this year.

 

1. A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas
I loooove this series, but when ACoWaR came out I just wasn’t in the right frame of mind to read it. I tried to read it, but set it aside to finish later and never did. I really want to soon, though!

2. Greenglass House by Kate Milford
This sounds like the sweetest middle grade novel, perfect for winter time. I picked it up at ALA a few years ago and just never got to it. Now that the sequel has come out, I really want to read it!

3. The Royal We by Heather Cocks and Jessica Morgan
I’ve heard great things and have been wanting to read this for quite some time now. It sounds like so much fun, and perfect for me right now.

 

4. My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
I love these authors, love historical fiction, love the premise, and it has raving reviews. I MUST get to this one quickly.

5. When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
This just sounds too cute to go unread.

6. Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
Rebel of the Sands was one of my favorite books last year, so I have no idea why I haven’t read this book yet.

 

7. Uprooted by Naomi Novik
I’ve been so intimidated by this book, and I don’t know why! It looks beautiful, it sounds beautiful, and it has gotten amazing reviews from the masses and from many people I trust. I need to just take the time and read it.

8. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
I loved A Thousand Pieces of You, but when this book came out I wasn’t in the mood and then I kept putting it off because it had been so long since the first book that I couldn’t remember what happened! And I don’t want to re-read… but I might have to. I really want to read this one and the third one!

9. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I’ve NEVER read this book, but I really want to. I love the BBC series and I love Mr. Darcy so I really want to read P&P finally!

 

10. Sleepless in Manhattan by Sarah Morgan
I love Sarah’s books, I loved Miracle On 5th Avenue (book #3 in this series), so I’m excited to read the rest of it!

Which books should I push to the very top of my list?
Which ones would you not recommend?
What books are you hoping to get to this year?

Top Ten 2018 Book Releases I’m the Most Excited About

December 25, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 24

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

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas yesterday! I certainly did, and got lots and lots of books!

I suppose you’ve heard the news now, so I thought I’d mention it here as well: We at The Broke and the Bookish have decided to close our doors after next week’s Top Ten Tuesday (1/9/18). Life has taken us all in so many different directions, and we’re going to miss blogging together. Starting January 16th, Top Ten Tuesday will live here at That Artsy Reader Girl! The schedule is available in my top menu bar through March. I’m really excited about this, so please help spread the word about the move so nobody is confused!

Today we’re looking ahead to next year and all the books we’re excited to read in 2018. I’ve got my eye on so many books already! This list will not include any debuts, as I’m posting about some of the ones I’m excited about later this week.

 

Top Ten 2018 Book Releases
I’m the Most Excited About

1. Escaping from Houdini by Kerri Maniscalco (no cover yet)
I love this trilogy (especially Hunting Prince Dracula), and I can’t wait to read this adventure that takes place on a ship!

2. Legendary by Stephanie Garber
I loved Caraval, and cannot wait to read more about this world.

3. Furyborn by Claire Legrand
I keep hearing amazing things, and I’ve been seriously craving a great fantasy.

4. Hero at the Fall by Alwyn Hamilton
The final book in the Rebel of the Sands trilogy! I’m so excited for it!

5. Love & Luck by Jenna Welch Evans
I’ve had my eye on this for ages, and am so excited it’s coming out soon! I love books that take place in other countries, and this cute contemporary romance set in Ireland sounds right up my alley.

6. The Comfort Zone by Sally Thorne (no cover)
I honestly don’t even know what this one is about, but I loved The Hating Game so much that I don’t even care!

7. Survive the Night by Katie Ruggle
I love Katie’s romantic suspense, and this one sounds amazing.

8. Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
I love outdoorsy/survival stories, and this one sounds like a lot of fun!


9. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson
More of the Remnant Chronicles universe! I can’t wait!

10. Pacifica by Kristen Simmons
I just found out about this exciting pirate novel while I was putting this post together, and got SUPER excited for it.

Which 2018 releases are you excited about?


Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings – 2017 Edition

December 19, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 38

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

I can’t believe Christmas is next Monday! This holiday season always flies a little too quickly for me, but I’m also excited because I know Santa is going to bring me all the bright, shiny books! Consider this my letter to Santa. I hope to find all of these in my stocking this year. :)

 

1. Every Breath You Take by Mary Higgins Clark and Alafair Burke
I’ve always been an MHC fan, and I really like this Under Suspicion series she wrote with Alafair.

2. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I LOVE this book, and I really want a physical copy for my bookshelf.

3. I Temporarily Do by Ellie Cahill
I love fauxmances, and this one sounds so fun!

4. Mary Poppins 80th Anniversary Collection by P.L. Travers
I’ve always wanted to read the Mary Poppins books, and this collection is so pretty!

5. The Ends of the World by Maggie Hall
I haven’t read book #2 yet, but I loved The Conspiracy of Us and am excited to see how this series ends!

6. Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
I asked Twitter for a bunch of mystery recommendations a few months ago, and this one is loved by so many that I really want to read it!

7. Dance of Thieves by Mary E. Pearson (pre-order)
IT’S MARY PEARSON.

8. A Dance of Silver and Shadow by Melanie Cellier
It’s a retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses! The entire series sounds great. The second book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling that I really want as well.

9. About That Kiss by Jill Shalvis
The Heartbreaker Bay series is tons of fun!

10. In Safe Hands by Katie Ruggle
Katie Ruggle is one of my favorite romantic suspense authors, and I love this Search and Rescue series!

What books do you hope Santa brings you this year?


My Top Ten Favorite Books of 2017

December 12, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 22

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

While 2017 has been pretty good to me in some ways, it’s been slightly disappointing as far as books go. It started off with a bang, and then everything got “meh”. Maybe I’ve been in a slump for most of the year, but things have not gone very well. lol. I’m hoping for a better reading year next year! I’ve written these out in order of when I read them.

1. Caraval by Stephanie Garber
I was truly and utterly captivated by and immersed in this story from the first page.

2. The Thousand-Dollar Tan Line by Rob Thomas
It was like reading an episode of Veronica Mars! Loved it!

3. Hunted by Meagan Spooner
GORGEOUS writing! This story is super unique, while still remaining true to the elements I’ve come to love from Beauty and the Beast.


4. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
I’ve never finished a book before and then immediately wanted to flip to page 1 and start over again.

5. Till Death by Jennifer Armentrout
My new favorite romantic suspense, and the book that I will use to judge all future romantic suspense novels I read.

6. The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
There’s so much feeling and mystery surrounding the water horses and the people who ride them. The mystical aspects of the island and the races themselves made me forget I was even reading anything.


7. Hold Your Breath by Katie Ruggle
Another really great romantic suspense about a team on a search and rescue dive team in the middle of winter. SO good.

8. Hunting Prince Dracula by Kerri Maniscalco
I loved everything about it… the heat between Audrey and Thomas, the setting, the mystery, and Kerri’s beautiful writing style.

9. Miracle On 5th Avenue by Sarah Morgan
Such a sweet Christmas romance! He’s an icy author, and she’s a warm and peppy Christmas fanatic. Such a festive, New York City romance. I’m running a giveaway for a signed copy of this book right now!

10. Chasing Christmas Eve by Jill Shalvis
Another fun and festive Christmas romance! This time SHE’S the author (and a YA one–YES), and he’s a rich nerd. Love these two!

Tell me some of your favorites of 2017! I’m always looking for new recommendations.


Top Ten Books on My Winter 2017-2018 TBR

November 27, 2017 Top Ten Tuesday 10

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

I don’t know about you, but I am REALLY excited for winter. We’ve had unseasonably warm weather where I live, and it doesn’t even feel like Christmas. I want snow and freezing temperatures so I can wear my cozy sweaters and curl up under my fuzzy blankets. I want fires! This time of the year I love reading two things: Christmas romances and fantasy. I’ve chosen 5 of each for today’s topic!

Snowbound with Mr. Wrong by Barbara White Daille
Once Upon a Christmas Eve by Elizabeth Hoyt
Merry and Bright by Debbie Macomber
Kiss Me in New York by Catherine Rider
Maybe This Kiss by Jennifer Snow

A Promise of Fire by Amanda Bouchet
Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
To Kill a Kingdom by Alexandra Christo
Traitor to the Throne by Alwyn Hamilton
By A Charm and a Curse by Jamie Questell

Which books are you looking forward to reading this winter?
Anything on my list you think I need to push ahead of the others?