Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018

The Other Miss Bridgerton (Bridgertons) - Ooo Bridgerton meets a Rokesby privateer? Yes, lets.

Restore Me (Shatter Me) - I have the feeling things are going to get more complicated for Juliette, Warner, and the gang.

The Last Jedi (novelization) - I gotta know what my fav characters were thinking! Also is one scene like Pride and Prejudice or am I just fangirling?

Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 -
Very much enjoyed book 2 and 3 of this series, bring on 4.

Still Me (Me Before You #3) - I really hope Lou finds happiness in this one.

The Great Alone - I loved The Nightingale. This one sounds heartbreaking adventurous.

Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 - I am hooked on Leiji Matsumoto's style right now.

The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate - Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch - This would have made a great Christmas gift, but the release date seemingly changed. Oh well, now there's Valentines.

Skip Beat 3-in-1, Volume 13 - Whenever it finally releases, please let it be this year. Missed the humor of this series.

Heart of Iron - Sounds very YA scifi promising! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Ah, it's the midst of the holiday season! Got those gifts wrapped? Mmm, maybe a few? Got that figgy pudding made? Still planning to...

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - A recent book store browsing find, this book sounds like a really cute concept. And like any good Jane Austen fan, I can't get enough P&P.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set - It's beyond time to relive the fun, the imagination, the tough stuff that builds character, and the snowmen. I once owned each individual book collection, but who knows nowadays where they're located at my mom's house...

Edenbrooke and Heir to Edenbrooke (hardcover) - Yay, it's a set, it's a hard cover, of one of the hottest clean romances I've read to date. I've been meaning to read the short story ebook "Heir to Edenbrooke" but honestly I'm not much of a Kindle user. Now that it's in print, please bring this Santa!

Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - I really, really need to break down and read the actual novel. In the past, I've very much enjoyed film versions. Anyways, as a manga fan, this looks like a good way to get my feet wet. Love the Manga Classics I've read in the past.

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi - I've been highly anticipating this movie ever since re-falling in love with Star Wars after seeing The Force Awakens. It's going to be fun to see all the concept art. Oh and as always, shipping Rey and Ben Solo (save Ben Solo!)

Someone to Wed (A Westcott Novel) - A Regency lady recluse making an earl "a startlingly unexpected proposal"?? This I gotta read.

For Castle and Crown - Ah, I haven't read a medieval romance in a while! That needs to change asap! Bring on the Castle and the Crown!

The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance - As a penpal and big postcrosser, I typically enjoy stories that involve letter writing. A lost letter between a would-be couple sound mysterious and dramatically good. A bit Beauty & The Beast.

The Swordsman's Companion - Cause in my dreams, I want fencing lessons. And it might make a good reference for my creative writing.

Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence - Ditto!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Favorite Books of 2017

Top Favorite Books of 2017

Wow! Is it that time of year again? 2017 was so busy for us and truly flew by with moving and tons of work and events. Between house shopping, unpacking, and creative writing, I managed to discover some really enjoyable reads! Here are my favorites from my reading challenge this year:

By Your Side by Kasie West - Well, if I had to be locked in anywhere it would be a library! This early 2017 read was a sweet, page-turner YA with a surprising amount of serious life issues. If you enjoy YA romance and love The Breakfast Club, you'll adore this breezy read.

The Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas - Oh, Pandora, such an unusual name for a unusual, eccentric, wallflower heroine. She was a woot. I liked her as a supporting character in Marrying Winterbone and was excited to read a novel focused on her. Her personality carries the book and makes it worth the read.

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden - An awesome, even romantic Star Wars adventure. At first I was a little concerned, because I'm not completely up to date on the extended universe. But it's such a fun and quick read for anyone who enjoys science fiction!

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi - Ok, what rock was I under when I missed the original release of this series?? I thought I was done with dystopian. But this one is poetic, a bit paranormal, and intense. I'm so glad I'm caught up and ready for book #4, Restore Me.

Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne - Intense, historical feels. A romance for the ages that ended, tragically, too soon. Keats poems are a must. They'll melt your heart and break it, but the journey is beautiful.

The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) by Amy Harmon - A new fantasy favorite for years to come! In a world where magic is outlawed, a girl is cursed not to speak for her own protection. When she's taken prisoner by the king, who may just need some magic to help defeat his paranormal enemies, the plot thickens. Being introverted and socially anxious, I really identified with the heroine and her speaking struggles.

Queen Emeraldas 1 by Leiji Matsumoto - Strong, mysterious space pirate heroine, anyone? Yes, please! I wanna cosplay as Queen Emeraldas. She is the very definition of cool. Kudos to Matsumoto for awesome art and a memorable female character.

Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn, Molly Ostertag - This was a happy surprise! After the human race is enslaved by warrior aliens, the heroine, who knew privilege but now toils in a factory, finds herself joining the revolution to free her home world. Secrets. Romance. Fight to save family. I didn't want to put it down.

Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Claudia Gray - Leia has been my hero since elementary school. It was exciting to see Claudia's take on her early years, right before she joined the rebellion. I loved learning more about her home planet, parents, and traditions. Also brings up memories of Carrie Fisher, RIP.

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare - Tessa really knocked the marriage of convenience trope one out of the park for me with this book. By the end I really felt the hero and heroine completed each other. Plus, added bonus, meddling servants, secret identities. Laugh out loud moments.

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L'Engle - A classic that I finally picked up this year! Why didn't I read it sooner? Enduring and clearly still influences all the great Childrens and YA lit released today. Check it out before the new movie!

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun - So eccentric and whimsical. Perfect. Just perfect for me. Makes a great gift. A little humor for everyone in it. Sure to be a classic and repinned on Pinterest.


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