Top 5 Books You Should Read in 2017

There are thousands of books you can put on your 2017 TBR. Chances are, you already have a mountain of books you want to read and that mountain will continue to grow through out the year. But hear me out. I’ll rounded up five books that I think are amazing and worth putting on your 2017 TBR. These books aren’t necessarily new releases and you might have already read them but these books are my holy grail of recommendations. These are the best of the best. Books I’ve read multiple times and my love for them continues are grow. These five books are, in my opinion, well worth your reading time.

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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

It happens at the start of every November: the Scorpio Races. Riders attempt to keep hold of their water horses long enough to make it to the finish line. Some riders live. Others die.

At age nineteen, Sean Kendrick is the returning champion. He is a young man of few words, and if he has any fears, he keeps them buried deep, where no one else can see them.

Puck Connolly is different. She never meant to ride in the Scorpio Races. But fate hasn’t given her much of a chance. So she enters the competition — the first girl ever to do so. She is in no way prepared for what is going to happen.

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This book is amazing. I really have nothing negative to say. From page one I was so interested in this book. I loved it right from the start.
The writing is incredible and mesmerizing. The characters are beautiful and complex. The plot is interesting and the concept is mind blowing.
There’s only a handful of books that I’ve read that have made me feel how I felt while reading The Scorpio Races. I laughed, I cried, I did everything. I never wanted to put this book down but I also didn’t want to finish it because I wanted to continue reading for the rest of my life. I wanted to stay up all night reading to find out what would happen next but I didn’t because I wanted something to look forward to when I woke up. I read this book in just a day and a half but the impact that this book has left on me will last forever.

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The Immortal Rules by Julie Kagawa

To survive in a ruined world, she must embrace the darkness…

Allison Sekemoto survives in the Fringe, the outermost circle of a walled-in city. By day, she and her crew scavenge for food. By night, any one of them could be eaten. Some days, all that drives Allie is her hatred of them—the vampires who keep humans as blood cattle. Until the night Allie herself dies and becomes one of the monsters.

Forced to flee her city, Allie must pass for human as she joins a ragged group of pilgrims seeking a legend—a place that might have a cure for the disease that killed off most of civilization and created the rabids, the bloodthirsty creatures who threaten human and vampire alike. And soon Allie will have to decide what and who is worth dying for… again.

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The Immortal Rules is the best vampire book I’ve ever read. I’m not a fan of vampire books so when I say that this book is the top dog when it comes to all vampire books that I’ve read, I’m dead serious. It’s dark, twisted, and incredibly well written. The characters are diverse and fantastic. With a well thought out plot and outstanding world building, Julie creates an amazing reading experience. The Immortal Rules is everything I could want in a book and more.

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Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman

Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

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Within 24 hours of receiving Vengeance Road, I finished it. I could not put this book down. I read it in one sitting and love every single second. Right from the start, I was hooked and I was so sad when it ended.
I loved the main character, Kate. She’s exactly the kind of character I was hoping she would be. She was well written and tough but fair. She didn’t take any crap and wasn’t afraid to shoot people when she needed to.
I really liked how the relationships in this book were well developed and wasn’t forced.
I loved the plot of this book and the pace of the story.
I have nothing bad to say about this book because I loved every second of it. It’s exactly what I wanted it to be and more. The second I read the last page, I wanted to start rereading.

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It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up – she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, and maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily, but Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan – her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.

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I loved this book from very first page and even though I knew I was jumping on an emotional roller coaster (what CoHo book isn’t an emotional roller coaster?!), I never could have prepared myself for how this book would change my life. This book is everything I expected from Colleen Hoover but it’s also nothing I expected.
This book showed me a perspective that I never seen before and showed me new ways of looking at things. It’s honest and real and raw. Reading It Ends with Us was more than just reading a book. It was an experience and I’ve learned so much from it. I’ve never cried so much while reading a book (and I’ve never cried while writing a review but here I am, crying while writing this review).
This is probably the most meaningful book I’ve ever read.

If you read one book this year, read It Ends with Us.

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The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

Swallow, Daughter, pull them in, those words that sit upon your lips. Lock them deep inside your soul, hide them ‘til they’ve time to grow. Close your mouth upon the power, curse not, cure not, ‘til the hour. You won’t speak and you won’t tell, you won’t call on heav’n or hell. You will learn and you will thrive. Silence, Daughter. Stay alive.

The day my mother was killed, she told my father I wouldn’t speak again, and she told him if I died, he would die too. Then she predicted the king would trade his soul and lose his son to the sky.

My father has a claim to the throne, and he is waiting in the shadows for all of my mother’s words to come to pass. He wants desperately to be king, and I just want to be free.

But freedom will require escape, and I’m a prisoner of my mother’s curse and my father’s greed. I can’t speak or make a sound, and I can’t wield a sword or beguile a king. In a land purged of enchantment, love might be the only magic left, and who could ever love . . . a bird?

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I seen The Bird and the Sword randomly on Amazon and the Kindle copy was less than $5 so I bought it not knowing what it was about or seeing any reviews. I went in completely blind and not really expecting much. But this book blew. Me. Away.
I loved it from the first page and I could barely put this book down. I read it in less than 24 hours and I wanted to reread it the second I finished it.
I loved everything about this book. The plot, the writing, the characters were all incredible. The characters were beautifully flawed and had some amazing and realistic development.
I’m rarely as emotionally invested in books as I was with The Bird and The Sword but I was basically shrieking the entire time I was reading this book.

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Top 5 Wednesday : Characters You’d Invite to Your NYE Party

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube. And this week’s topic is Characters You’d Invite to Your New Year’s Eve Party. This is a super fun topic and one I had quite the bit of trouble narrowing down to five. But all in all I think I really do enjoy the people I’d want to spend New Year’s Eve with me. 

1. Fred & George Weasley from Harry Potter
Known for all their mischief and constantly looking for fun, I think this dynamic duo would be a great way to end the year off with a bang.

2. Kenzie from Shatter Me
Oh my goodness, I think Kenzie would be such a snarky and awesome person to ring in the new year with.

3. Scarlet from The Lunar Chronicles 
I feel like my whole party is just going to be a bunch of snarky, trouble seeking miscreants but…I kind of don’t care. I love Scarlet and she’s someone I’d love to hang out with if I got the chance.

4. Nina and Jesper from Six of Crows 
Do I even need to explain this? They seem to be the only two characters in that duology who actually wanted to and enjoyed having fun.

5. Aelin Galathynius from Throne of Glass series
She seems like a bad ass bitch who knows when and how to have a good time.

And that’s all I got for this week! Let me know who you’d like to ring in the new year with and if you think my list is sufficient enough.

Top 5 Books On My TBR

I have a mountain of a To Be Read pile and I’m honestly excited to read them all (eventually). There are a few that I’m extra excited about though. Here’s the top 5 books on my (massive) TBR pile.

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P.S. I Like You by Kasie West

Signed, sealed, delivered…

While spacing out in chemistry class, Lily scribbles some of her favorite song lyrics onto her desk. The next day, she finds that someone has continued the lyrics on the desk and added a message to her. Intrigue!

Soon, Lily and her anonymous pen pal are exchanging full-on letters—sharing secrets, recommending bands, and opening up to each other. Lily realizes she’s kind of falling for this letter writer. Only, who is he? As Lily attempts to unravel the mystery and juggle school, friends, crushes, and her crazy family, she discovers that matters of the heart can’t always be spelled out…

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I’m obsessed with Kasie’s books, I can’t wait to pick up her newest contemporary. I’ve actually had a copy since it’s release week but I just haven’t had time to read it yet. I’m definitely going to be reading it in December though.

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Ever the Hunted by Erin Summerill

Seventeen year-old Britta Flannery is at ease only in the woods with her dagger and bow. She spends her days tracking criminals alongside her father, the legendary bounty hunter for the King of Malam—that is, until her father is murdered. Now outcast and alone and having no rights to her father’s land or inheritance, she seeks refuge where she feels most safe: the Ever Woods. When Britta is caught poaching by the royal guard, instead of facing the noose she is offered a deal: her freedom in exchange for her father’s killer.

However, it’s not so simple.

The alleged killer is none other than Cohen McKay, her father’s former apprentice. The only friend she’s ever known. The boy she once loved who broke her heart. She must go on a dangerous quest in a world of warring kingdoms, mad kings, and dark magic to find the real killer. But Britta wields more power than she knows. And soon she will learn what has always made her different will make her a daunting and dangerous force.

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I’ve had an Advance Reviewer Copy of Ever the Hunted for months now but because the release was so far away (December 27th), I put off starting it until it was closer to the release day. I’ve so excited to start it this week though. The synopsis sounds amazing and the cover is so beautiful.

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The Wrath & the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

One Life to One Dawn.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen. Can their love survive this world of stories and secrets?

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This book has been sitting on my shelf since May of last year and I still haven’t read it. I’ve heard nothing but great things about it and I’ve seen so many amazing edits on Tumblr that make me want to read but I still haven’t picked it up. I even have the sequel! But I’m determined to read both books before 2017.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne’s fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick’s clever and beautiful wife disappears. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn’t doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife’s head, but passages from Amy’s diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media—as well as Amy’s fiercely doting parents—the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he’s definitely bitter—but is he really a killer?

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I’ve heard a lot of mixed things about Gone Girl but I’m still really excited to read it. I was very tempted to watch the movie first but I committed to reading the book before I watch the movie. I’m hoping I can binge read this book next weekend.

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White Space by Ilsa J. Bick

In the tradition of Memento and Inception comes a thrilling and scary young adult novel about blurred reality where characters in a story find that a deadly and horrifying world exists in the space between the written lines.

Seventeen-year-old Emma Lindsay has problems: a head full of metal, no parents, a crazy artist for a guardian whom a stroke has turned into a vegetable, and all those times when she blinks away, dropping into other lives so ghostly and surreal it’s as if the story of her life bleeds into theirs. But one thing Emma has never doubted is that she’s real.

Then she writes “White Space,” a story about these kids stranded in a spooky house during a blizzard.

Unfortunately, “White Space” turns out to be a dead ringer for part of an unfinished novel by a long-dead writer. The manuscript, which she’s never seen, is a loopy Matrix meets Inkheart story in which characters fall out of different books and jump off the page. Thing is, when Emma blinks, she might be doing the same and, before long, she’s dropped into the very story she thought she’d written. Trapped in a weird, snow-choked valley, Emma meets other kids with dark secrets and strange abilities: Eric, Casey, Bode, Rima, and a very special little girl, Lizzie. What they discover is that they–and Emma–may be nothing more than characters written into being from an alternative universe for a very specific purpose.

Now what they must uncover is why they’ve been brought to this place–a world between the lines where parallel realities are created and destroyed and nightmares are written–before someone pens their end.

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I’ve had this book for a couple of years and every time I see it on my shelf, I remember how excited I was to read it when I bought it. I keep putting it off because it’s pretty large (560 pages) and I always tell myself I’ll read White Space when I have to for such a big book. But I’m determined to tackle it before 2017 or at the very least, the first week of January.

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Top 5 Books That Lived Up to the Hype | 2016

I’m always very hesitant to read books that have a lot of hype around them. I hate being disappointed by books and I always find it really sad to not like a book that everyone else loves. I just want to fangirl with everyone else! Luckily, these five books lived up to the hype and have become new favorites of mine.

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

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I seen so many people say that this was their favorite book in the Throne of Glass series and how Heir of Fire was their favorite book that they’ve ever read. While I do really enjoy this series, I don’t think I’d call myself a die hard fan like many other people. I feel like I’m much more of a casual fan of this series so I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started Heir of Fire. But HoF ended up being my current favorite in the series and it definitely lived up to the hype for me.

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

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There was so much hype around this book before it even released and even though I got caught up in the hype and I started it with really high hopes, Nevernight is one of my favorites of 2016.

Slammed by Colleen Hoover

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I’d seen so many people say Slammed is one of Colleen’s best and I have yet to read a CoHo book that I didn’t love, I’m always expecting my next book of her’s to let me down. But Slammed was such an incredible read and I loved every second of it.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

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So many people (and all of my friends who’ve read it) have said that The Bone Season is one of the best books that they’ve read. I’ve seen it compared to the Harry Potter series a lot and I was extremely reluctant to read it. I finally read it this summer and I have to agree with the hype. The Bone Season was amazing and I can’t wait to pick up the sequel.

A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

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I think this might be the most hyped book of 2016. I’ve seen nothing but love for this book and there was extreme hype. The reviews, the fanart, the fanfic, so. much. hype. But even with all the hype, I wasn’t sure what to expect from A Court of Mist and Fury. But ACOMAF was incredible and worth all the hype. I loved it even more than the first book and I’m so excited for book three.

What are some books that lived up to the hype for you?

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Top 5 Books I Wish Had Sequels

I’m not really a fan of long series’ and I love standalones so this was kind of a tough list to think of. But I did find 5 books that I wish had sequels, or more accurately, companion novels.

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

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I love The Scorpio Races and even though I’m not sure where the story would go in a sequel, I would still love to see what Maggie would write.

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Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

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Not a Drop to Drink already a sequel/companion novel, In a Handful of Dust, but I would love for a third book in this series. Not a Drop to Drink is one of my all time favorites and I think a third book would be amazing.

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The Bird and the Sword by Amy Harmon

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I just recently read The Bird and The Sword and I fell in love with the world that Amy Harmon created. I would love for a companion book to expand on the world building.

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Sing by Vivi Greene

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I thought this book was super cute and I would love for a companion novel. Maybe not with the same characters but with a new singer as the main character.

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Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke

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I don’t really know where the story would go in a sequel but I would be very interested in whatever April would write. I really enjoyed Wink Poppy Midnight and I think a sequel would be pretty cool.

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What are some books that you’d like a sequel or companion novel for?

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Taylor & Steph’s Top 5 Summer Reads!

Happy Summer  and Happy  4th of July (for those of you in the U.S.) everyone! As we all know the nice weather is out and our love for books is ever-blooming! We thought it’d be a great time to give you guys a combo post of our top five summer reads. Books we love to bring along with us on the road, on vacation, or just relaxing by the beach or wherever for the summertime. Hopefully some of you will be inclined to pick up these books on these lists sometime this summer…enjoy!


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5. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson 

A super cute road trip book with great writing and lots of heart. I loved the character development and I would definitely recommend this one.

4. Look Both Ways by Alison Cherry
The plot was amazing and so different from any book I’ve read before.
I loved the setting of a summer theater camp and I really liked seeing how all the characters were very different from each other but they all had one thing in common, they loved theater.

3. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
I was so emotionally invested in this story and the characters. I couldn’t put this book down and I finished it in less than two days. I love everything about this book. The characters development is great, the plot is so much fun, and the writing is beautiful. This is definitely one of my all time favorites.

2. The Fill-In Boyfriend by Kasie West
I loved the characters, the plot, the writing, everything about this book.
There was so much character development, especially with Gia. And even though I didn’t really have anything in common with her, she still felt relatable.

1. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
I love this book. It was so surprisingly amazing. The writing is perfect and the characters are wonderful. I read this in one afternoon and I couldn’t put it down.

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5. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray 
This book is one of my all time favorites. A great story with a bunch of adventure , romance, and even time travel. Gives a great twist to a very original idea.

4. The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Adieh
One of my top books from 2015, I couldn’t put this book down! A retelling of 1001 Nights (Arabian Nights) this book makes you feel as though you’re right smack dab in the Arabian desert on some of the most steamiest nights. A great plot, some of my favorite characters from 2015, I can’t wait to read The Rose & The Dagger this summer.

3.  The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard) by Rick Riordan 
Rick Riordan can never do any wrong. A great book with another great background in mythology/lore. I love a good Riordan book, Percy Jackson will forever have a place in my heart but Magnus Chase comes into a close second. LOVE LOVE LOVE this book for a fun summer read.

2. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes 
A summer in never complete in my book without a good fantasy novel. And I refrained from putting all high/ya fantasy on this list because I felt like most of you would get bored real quick. But fantasy is my all time favorite and I could never survive a summer without a great fantasy novel which is why I chose Falling Kingdoms. I don’t think I’ve loved a fantasy series (other than ToG which is also another one you should read if you haven’t, oh and Harry Potter) as much as I do Falling Kingdoms.

1. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas
So, I know most of you have probably already read this heartbreaking masterpiece, but I couldn’t go through a top 5 list without including my girl Sarah J. Maas. This book is an AMAZING book that I flew right through with all the action and steamy romance scenes, it’s most definitely a book to pick up during the summer, I promise you’ll get through it in a few days…it sucks you in and never lets you go.


Please let us know if you guys would like for us to continue doing collaborated posts. We’ll come up with some ideas, you could suggest some as well and we’ll be more than happy to make it a part of our blogging experience if you guys would like!

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Favorite Self Published Books | Top Five Wednesday

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

This week’s topic is favorite self published books, I haven’t read any that I know of, but these books are five self published books I’d like to read. I used this list to pick out the 5 self titled books I’d like to read.

Angelfall by Susan Ee
I’ve heard so much hype around this series and how great it is. I had absolute no clue that this was a self published book.

If I Stay by Gale Foreman
I wanted to read this before watching the movie but I couldn’t resist watching it, but it makes me want to read the book even more!

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman
I really want to read this book, I’ve tried once but couldn’t get into it, but I REALLY want to try and get this book read. I’ve never read a dragon based book before and it intrigues me so much!

The Body Electric by Beth Revis
I bought this book on e-book. And it’s one of my goals this year to read all the e-books I own as of right now and this beautiful looking book is among one of them!

The Final Empire (Mistborn) by Brandon Sanderson
So I’m absolutely blown away that this was self published. Brandon Sanderson is a writing machine. I’ve read Steelheart and it’s absolutely amazing that I cannot wait to begin the Mistborn series. And the fact that this was self published makes me appreciate it even more.

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Top Five Wednesday : Favorite Audiobooks

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.
I’m super excited for this week’s topic because I LOVE audiobooks and it helps me read all the books I love faster and gives an actual voice to the characters

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Steelheart by Brandon Sanderson

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The Martian by Andy Weir

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Shatter Me Series
by Tahereh Mafi

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Storm Front by Jim Butcher

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Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

these are all books I love SO MUCH. You could see from my reviews they’ve gotten a 4 or 5 star review from me. The reason I have these down is because I couldn’t stop reading these books so I bought the audiobook so I could listen at work and in the car and honestly, these audiobooks TOTALLY ring true to the way I hear these characters in my head from voice to the way they speak. They’ve done an amazing job on these books.

Top Five Wednesday: Book Series You Wish Had More Books.

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Top 5 Wednesday was created by Lainey at gingerreadslainey on YouTube.

Hey everyone so this week’s topic for Top Five Wednesday is book series you wish had more books. And this one is a tough one for me because I haven’t finished a lot of series, I’m like reading 8 of them right now so I’m in the middle of a lot of them (Falling Kingdoms, Throne of Glass, Bone Season) so  a lot of these may seem a bit childish but, oh well!

Harry Potter – Yes, I went there. 7 books but I needed more. As my favorite book series ever. I just needed to know more about the world about what happened about more wizard adventures. Like what about Harry being and Auror with Ron?! I need to know about what it was like. THERE ARENT ENOUGH BOOKS

Chronicles of Narnia– I just loved this series so much. I could not possibly live without this series as a kid and I know it’s a great one and it probably doesn’t/wouldn’t need any more books but I’ve always just wanted this series to go on forever and ever and ever.

Shatter Me – OH DEAR LORD I JUST WANT MORE WARNER. That is all.

Firebird Series–  I know this is still going and the second book comes out soon! But it’s supposed to be a trilogy and I don’t think that’s enough. This whole first book was absolutely amazing. I couldn’t stop reading it and I think this may be one of my ultimate favorite series.

Nancy Drew– I’m Sorry, but I ADORED Nancy Drew. I wish I still had all the books because they were just a good read when I was younger. I kind of just want an endless stream of those books. 64 Books just aint enough.