TTT: Top Books of 2019: Where my Year Went with Books

Hey bookworms! I hope you’re enjoying the last day of 2019! The end of an era! Does anyone else feel old yet? This year was a rollercoaster, so I am glad to say goodbye to it. As rough as this year was I did have some great books out of 104 (105 if I can finish this last one tonight), to get me through it, let’s get started! These will be in the order they were read in. Time to start this top 10 Tuesday post that is now being hosted by The Artsy Reader Girl.

My Favorite Reads of 2019

1. Before Green Gables by Budge Wilson

Before Anne of Green Gables

I was obviously trying to fill my Anne with an E craving! I mean come on Netflix stop taunting me with the coming soon stuff… Anywho what I loved is seeing is what shaped Anne and her younger years that the show glimpse at that the books didn’t cover. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars that brought me a little closer to Anne.

2. The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

The Paris Wife

I will make it no secret that I didn’t like Hemmingway as a person, which you find out by reading his memoir A Moveable Feastbut the lives of his wives and their relationships with him on the other hand. It gives you an insight that not most would have. Learning about Hadley through Paula McLain’s writing kept me so captivated and it was another 4 stars.

3. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Geurnsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society.jpg

I watched the movie on Netflix, and had to read the book. It led me back to my love for historical fiction and made me realize I also love books in letter format. I need to find more written the same format. I fell in love with each character and this made it my first 5 star read of the year.

4. One Day in December by Josie Silver

One Day in December

It filled my One Day craving in every way, but with a happier, all be it more dragged out ending. I adored the pop culture references but the David Tennant reference at the end earned it the 5th star plus the solid female friendship helped. More books need them 😊

5. These Witches Don’t Burn by Isabel Sterling

The Witches Don't Burn

This book was definitely a hidden gem of the year. First and foremost let me say I love the queerness of this book. The bi rep made me want to cry I relate to Morgan, about being tempted to defend her sexuality.

This book definitely kept me on edge with suspense. the only thing that bothered me is how Hannah kept repeatedly referred to Veronica as her ex. It was understandable but how constant it was got in my nerves. Definitely recommend this book though! I can’t wait for book two.

6. The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa

The Travelling Cat Chronicles

The book I still cannot stop talking about and recommending to people this year. Some of the translations didn’t go over well, but I also found out this year that I love books from the animal’s perspective, they are more pure. How animals claim us more than we claim them. It tore apart my feels in the best way. I need to own this book now💜😊 Another 5 star read of the year!

7. Keeping Lucy by T. Greenwood

Keeping Lucy

Another historical fiction for the year and one that really made me think. Plus I love Therese Plummer as a audio book narrator. I really liked this book as it constantly made me itch to get back to it. It made me grateful I was born in the era I was because people with CP were often institutionalized as well. If you want a book to let you learned how society has grown at least a little bit, I definitely recommend this one. It was a 4 out of 5 stars.

8.Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Daisy Jone and the Six

Another 5 star of this year! I adored it! This was such an amazing book! I had to look up multiple times if this was really a fictional novel or non-fiction. The style of it being written in interviews with the band really sucks you in. The author’s notes in the beginning and end made you forget it was all a story. It connected you in a way, I haven’t felt connected in a long time, it was like I could run into these people strolling down the streets of LA. It showed truly flawed and good characters. My favorite quote which I’m probably butchering is, “Love doesn’t have to be perfect to be strong”. I sincerely hope Taylor Jenkins Reid writes a lot more books in this style!

9. The Brightsiders by Jen Wilde

The Brightsiders

I really adored the bi rep in this book. Although I kinda hated that her parents were horrible but they do exist. I loved Emi taking ownership of her actions . The way to win my heart is to write great quotes about kisses or write good kisses and this is what won it 5 stars. Bi rep is important to me this year with the everything going on I needing more of it.

10. Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune by by Roselle Lim

Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Good Fortune

If you love Magical realism you need to pick up this book. It is a great book if you’re finishing college and feeling a little lost in life.  The magical realism, how it handled mental, and family history. The generational aspects were also some of my favorite things. I need a copy of it and it was my last 5 Star book of the year.


Well bookworms, that’s all for 2019 and this post, as I have to adult and work tomorrow, but I will see you in the New Year! You’ll see me back in the community as I will try my best. Have you read any of these? What were your favorites of the year? Leave me a link below, I want to know what kept you sane this year. I will be including the link to my year in review, on Goodreads because I think the feature is cool and you can link your too in the comments. Happy Reading, and we’ll talk soon!

2019 Year in Review


Top Ten Tuesday: Books That Have Been Waiting in My TBR Pile Since 2015

Hey Bookworms! I’m having a little trouble sleeping, so I’d thought I’d work on a Top Ten Tuesday. For those of you who don’t know, TTT is a weekly feature hosted by the blog, The Broke and The Bookish, in … Continue reading

Top Ten Tuesday: My Top Ten Favorite Authors


Hey bookworms! So I finished my project with time to spare which means I have time to work on a Top Ten Tuesday post! This is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that has various fun themes with 10 answers for each blogger to give their answers to. I love viewing these each week, but with the end of the semester coming up I’ve missed a few. The ones I have been able to work on have been scheduled when I can. I’m hoping after the second Week of May I can post more because then school is done for the semester! Woo! Anywho let’s get onto this week’s theme! All the links for the authors will be links to their sites

My Top Ten Favorite Authors

1. Kelley Armstrong


Yes I talk about her loads, but seriously her world building leaves me in awe! I love her character and her personality. I’ve only read 7 of her books, but I her character make me feel better always provide comfort. Maybe it’s because they can kick my problems butt and protect me if they were real.

2. Richelle Mead


She is one of the authors that have been with me the longest again it is her characters that pulled me in. I have only read The Vampire Academy and the spinoff the Bloodlines series, but I bought Gameboard of the Gods, and hope to read it as soon as I have the time.

3. David Nicholls

One Day

I don’t read a lot of contemporary fiction, but I feel he portrays instances of life realistically. I feel I can connect to these characters really well. I am not a totally mushy reader lately, but I feel he has become a comfort read and plan to read his book US over the summer.

4. Cecelia Ahern

PS I love You

One of my few contemporary Adult authors of choice. Again she shares the same qualities as Nicholls where I feel her characters handle situations realistically although in Love, Rosie a little frustratingly. I definitely want to read more of her.

5. Tamora Pierce


She is my favorite fantasy writer and my first. Yes I read her before Harry Potter and she gave me my introduction to strong female characters! I would probably read her grocery lists!

6. JK Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

It is her story as well as her writing that pulls me to her. I want to read her new book on writing. It may be my end of semester gift to myself. She makes me believe if her and Harry survived hardships, so can I.

7. Julie Anne Peters

Lies my Girlfriend Told Me

She writes amazing LGBT stories and even touches on rough subjects. She has the right way of leading readers into the hard stuff. She really connects you to the subject

8. Cornelia Funke


Her setting and her closeness to character and her use of back story. I just her and want to read more of her

9. Andrea Cremer

Nightshade Series

Another author that got me through high school. I love wolves, and i like love triangles and she gave each boy a chance. I really want to give more of her books a go because she seems like a wonderful person on top of her writing who deals with issues I feel myself suffer with from time to time.

10. Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief

His characters and the way he uniquely uses learning disabilities in the PoJ series as a positive thing was amazing. I like how he never made it the same for every character and for authors writing about any disability I think it is important to make it clear that not every case is the same!

So bookworms those are my picks! Do you like any of these authors? Will you gravitate towards an author if you know their own back story. There is more I could put, but I am struggling with my slump and school doesn’t allow me to read much lately. So I hope to add more authors to my favorites list. If you know an author with a good story let me know! Feel free to nudge me towards good books as always. Have a good week and I plan to have more posts up very soon! Be safe bookworms and happy reading! =) If you are dealing with the end of the semester hang in there we can do it!

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Top Ten Tuesday


Hey Bookworms here is another post for the week! Blogging is really helping me feel better. Talking about books just really helps. It gets me out of my head and makes me think about things I love especially this weeks Top Ten Tuesday post. If you don’t know Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and The Bookish that has a weekly topic that are really fun to answer. This week’s topic is: Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit which is exactly what I need. As a child and as a teen books were an escape and a safe haven for me when life was chaotic more or less. As a University student and especially as a senior it’s a lot harder to find time! So I am hoping this will remind me of happier moments curled up with them and my faster reading pace! So let’s get this started! I have a mix of the two because a lot of my childhood books I had to give away and I don’t remember the titles… I am trying to mention books i haven’t mentioned a million times

Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

1. The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling


This series got me through a lot! I read it later than everyone I didn’t start until 7th grade, but I feel it helped me a lot in life. Harry survived a lot, so it helped me have an escape wishing I was fighting fictional creatures rather than my own chaos. It showed me what true friendship and family was. It impacted my life in the best way, so I will love and defend this series till the day I die!

2. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge

The Little White Horse

This was literally my favorite book when I was younger it only came in paperback and I read it so many times it was falling apart. Definitely a sweet story. I bought it on my nook to revisit it!

3. The Two Princesses of Bamarre by Gail Carson Levine

The Two Princesses of Bamarre

This book I reread often when I wanted to get lost in action my body could not do, such as fencing. It showed that even princesses don’t have to conform to the norm!

4. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke


Honestly one of my favorite books ever! (Haven’t finished the series yet because I found out Inkdeath was a thing way laaaaater) The aspect of a father and daughter sharing a love of books was something I craved. I loved the characters and the imagery in this book being in Italy because it was different from what I know.

5. Night World Series by LJ Smith

Night World Volume 1 Night World 2 Night World 3

Honestly I loved these books devoured these big volumes in 2 days a piece. It made me love the paranormal more and the belief of true mates! Definitely one I want to reread!

6. Immortals Series by Tamora Pierce


My first encounter with Tamora Pierce and I fell in love with the fantasy genre from this series. I definitely love animals and her use of setting was the best. People judge for the love interests, but Tamora Pierce is sticking with the time setting of this world. I definitely loved the action and use of action!

7. The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants by Ann Brashares

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

I definitely adored these books because I found within a piece of each girl within me. It showed me some friendships can lasts and are pure. I definitely cried with them, laughed with them, and swooned with them. Brashares knows how to bond you to a character.

8. Summer Boys by Hailey Abbot

summer boys Next Summer After Summer Last Summer

This series definitely was my first introduction to lust. It was also a vacation for me when we didn’t go anywhere. This was definitely one of my favorite contemporary romances!

9. The Blue Blood Series Melissa de la Cruz

Blue Bloods

This series is definitely one I want to revisit especially because of the gaps of waiting for the books the last book I was a bit detached. I love the mythology in these books and use of reincarnation.

10. The Sight by David Clement-Davies

The Sight

This is the first book in a duology although I haven’t got to the second book the use of world building in this ensnared my young wolf loving mind. Definitely a world I have to revisit asap!

So Bookworms those are my ten? Which pages do you want to slip into? Have you nestled into any I listed? Books have always been my companions and protectors. They kept me sane and a reason to find hope. I don’t know where I would be without books honestly. That’s why I want to keep writing my blog and my stories. I want to make a difference to people. Do you have any ones that make you feel this way? Feel free to share with me and comment! Link yours so I can see! Hope you are all having a good week!

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WWW Wednesday, November TBR, & A Surprise!

Hey bookworms welcome back to another post/Tag! I hoped you enjoyed my Top Ten Tuesday tag even though it was posted a week later than it was supposed to be… If you aren’t aware already this blog is starting out as project for my composition class at the University, once the semester is over though I plan to post 2-3 times a week, so please be patient with me! Anywho back to the tag! I will be doing the W…W…W… Wednesday tag which was started by the blog: YouShouldBeReading: So for this tag you have to answer three questions: 1.What are you Currently Reading?  2. What have you recently finished reading?  3. What do you plan on reading next?

Instead of doing the Third question, I am going to post my planned TBR for November. A TBR is not something I normally do, but I have noticed I have a lot of books on my Nook and shelves that I haven’t read yet. That AND I am really behind on my book reading goal for the year. So in the month of November despite school I want to make time to read more! Anyway onto the tag!

  1. What am I currently reading?

The CallingWolf Springs ChroniclesUntil The End   The Night Circus

Also reading Shiver picture down below!

  1. What have I recently finished Reading?

Reboot by Amy Tintera

I adored this book it was amazing and so worth the wait mini! I gave it a 5/5 stars!

The Son

I finished another series! I was a little disappointed in this last book since it was a little slow and wrapped up too quickly! I give it a 3/5 stars!

Kalona's Fall

I gave this book a 5/5 stars it was good to know more about Kalona. It also let you know more about the Goddess and Eberus. It added a whole new level of emotions and sympathy

Lies my Girlfriend Told Me

I gave this a 5/5 stars I definitely think this is one of her best books well and really does paint grief well and reiterates the fact that people can be quite different from what they seem. More importantly this book focuses on love and healing

Hold on Tight

Again another 5/5 stars a really good book, especially new adult I love how Sienna triumphed over her hardships, and I adored the Micah! This book is a great reminder that family isn’t always your blood

November TBR

  1. Incarnate By Jodi Meadows
  2. The Twistrose Key By Tone Almhjell, Ian Schoenherr
  3. If I Stay By Gayle Forman
  4. The Maze Runner By James Dashner
  5. Redeemed by PC and Kirstin Cast

So readers that is my WWW and my November TBR! What have you been reading have you read any of the books I mentioned? What were your thoughts on them? Do you have a TBR planned for November? Any must reads I should read?

Here’s The Surprise



  Sinner cover

So here’s the surprise my title mentions the read along my last post hinted to! It will also help me with my reading goal! Two other bloggers and I are going to do a read along of Maggie Stiefvater books, The Wolves of Mercy Falls series (along with the companion novel Sinner)! I am seriously excited to be doing this with two awesome bloggers: Girl in the Pages: and She Reads She Blogs: ! We will be starting the overall blogs on them in December starting with Shiver (Posts will be on Girl in the Pages), then Linger (Posts will be on She Reads She Blogs), and Forever (posts will be on my blog), and lastly Sinner (posts by all of us)! That’s not all bookworms! We will do mini posts and discussions on various topics about the series leading to the posts to build the hype and get you all talking!  Now the biggest part She Reads She Blogs will be doing a give-away of a copy of Sinner! I am so excited to be a part of the book blogging community and making new friends! I am so eager to get to talk about these books! I know this series has become polarized as late, but I personally want to balance it more towards love! So bookworms look forward to our posts and discussions! We’re all up for the talk! So please don’t hold back!

So here is the schedule and Discussion Posts as well as Reviews you guys have to look forward to:

Reading Schedule:

November 15-22: Shiver

November 23-30: Linger

December 1-10: Forever

December 11-20: Sinner

Posts & Event Schedule:

November 12: Wolves of Mercy Falls Read-A-Long Announcement Post!

November 15: Why Maggie Stiefvater is an awesome author that appeals to you!

November 22: Werewolves 101: Your favorite representations and re-tellings of werewolves.

November 29: Baby It’s Cold Outside: Which Shiver character(s) warms your heart/inner fangirl.

December 6: Shiver Discussion & Review @ Girl in the Pages

December 13: Linger Discussion & Review @ She Reads She Blogs

December 20: Forever Discussion & Review @ CK’s Reading Corner

December 27: Sinner Discussion, Review, Read-A-Long Wrap Up


As part of the Read-A-Long we’ll be hosting a giveaway of a signed copy of Sinner that has the limited edition dust jacket illustrated by Maggie Stiefvater herself!). The winner will be chosen randomly via Rafflecopter and is open to US-participants only. Be sure to check it out and keep updated with all three of our blogs for chances to earn entries!

I wish you all luck! Hope you liked my post bookworms and can’t wait to get talking to you all!!!!

Goodreads Links to Books I’m Currently Reading:


Goodreads Links to Recently finished


Goodreads Links for the books in the Read-A-Long:


Publishing Info for Covers Above:

The Calling By Kelley Armstrong Published By Harper 10 April 2012

Wolf Spring Chronicles Unleashed By Nancy Holder and Debbie Viguié Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 22 November 2011

The Night Circus By Erin Morgenstern, Jim Dale (Narrator) Published By Random House Audio 13 September 2011

Until The End By Abbi Glines Published By Simon Pulse 28 October 2014

Reboot By Amy Tintera Published By HarperTeen 7 May 2013

The Son By Lois Lowry Published By HMH Books for Young Readers 2 October 2012

Kalona’s Fall By P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast Published By St Martin Press 29 July 2014

Lies My Girlfriend Told Me By Julie Anne Peters Published By Little, Brown Books for Young Readers 10 June 2014

Hold On Tight By Abbi Glines Published By Simon Pulse 3 June 2014

Shiver By: Maggie Stiefvater Published By: Scholastic Press 1 August 2009

Linger By: Maggie Stiefvater Published By: Scholastic Press 13 July 2010

Forever By: Maggie Stiefvater Published By: Scholastic Press 12 July 2011

Sinner By: Maggie Stiefvater Published By: Scholastic Press 1 July 2014

Banner Pic Created By: She Reads She Blogs

Belated Top Ten Tuesday Book Tag


Hey Bookworms! I wanted to try my hand at one of the book tags from The Broke and The Bookish: ! So I looked up what the one coming up for this week (the week I had to write my blog draft, Oct 28th), and it was: “Top Ten Books/Movies To Read Or Watch To Get In The Halloween Spirit OR Top Ten Characters Who I Would Totally Want To Be For Halloween?” So my readers, here’s a truth about myself I will share, I am a total scaredy cat. So if anything were to get me into the Halloween Spirit, it’d be the Disney Halloween movies; not a slasher film or anything that is remotely terrifying! To be safe and spare you guys who adore the scary part of Halloween. I decided to go for the more creative part of this tag! I mean now that I am on the older side of growing up, it tends to be frowned upon for my age group to dress up for Halloween. Unless of course it is for going out to a party, have a child or younger sibling/niece/nephew you are taking trick or treating, or if you want to give the neighborhood kids a scare when passing out candy. Sadly my dear readers I am doing none of these partly because I lack the second option and have no money for the other two… This doesn’t mean the bookworm in me doesn’t fantasize about becoming my favorite characters and going door to door to Trick or Treat for Books! So in this post you will get to see and know my top ten choices for a costume in no particular order except in which they pop into my head!

Literary Characters for Costumes!

Peter Pan

  1. Tinkerbell from J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan! I know this may seem like a cliché answer, but ever since reading the book for the first time, I am obsessed with anything Peter Pan and that includes any adaption. I love the first versions sense of attitude and the way she is willing to do anything to protect Peter!

Vampire Academy

2. Rose from the Vampire Academy Series by Richelle Mead! Ever since I read the books in high school, I’ve always wanted to be a Dhampmir! Rose is a total bad ass and is ready to do anything to protect her bff and okay I admit I am jealous of her hair!


3. Sydney Sage from The Bloodlines Series also by Richelle Mead! Okay okay some of you might count this as cheating but the Bloodline series is a spinoff from Vampire Academy making it a series of its own. I love Sydney’s growth within these books, her tattoo, her humor, and love of caffeine plus she gets to hang out with yummy Adrian Ivashakov one of my very first book boyfriends!

The One

4. America Singer from The Selection Series by Kiera Cass! Another character that I have hair envy with, but also her dress on the last Book The One was to die for it literally made my mouth water. She won me over in the first book and it might be because of my bias that she plays my favorite instrument, but let’s just say I wouldn’t mind the Royal Treatment of getting dolled up for the night


5.Will from the W.I.T.C.H graphic novel series by Elizabeth Lenhard! This is a major throwback to my childhood this being one of my very first introductions to graphic novels, but I feel nostalgic. I would pick her transformed look and totally love to get the wings to flit about!

Tiger's Quest

6.Kelsey from The Tiger’s Saga By Colleen Houck, in Book 2, Tiger’s Quest when she goes to Shangri La and gets dressed by the people. I loved the fairy-esque aspects of her outfit


7.Stevie Rae from the House of Night Series by PC and Kierstin Cast! I love her tattoos as well as her attitude she will do anything for the ones she love and is prepared to use her powers of Earth to prove it!

Wild Magic

8. Diane Sarrassi from The Immortals by Tamora Pierce! She is Wildmage who can communicate with animals even reading these books at a young age I always admired her wild hair and her preference of animals to humans.


9.Elena Michaels from The Women of the Otherworld Series by Kelley Armstrong! She is one of my favorite werewolf characters and I werewolves are my favorite! Oh and she gets Clay Danvers as a mate! I have options with dressing up as her as well I can either go with the book Description or the show character!

A Game of Thrones

10.Last but not least Daenerys Targaryen from The Song of Fire and Ice series by George R.R. Martin! This book has a soft spot for me since it was the first adult fantasy I’ve read! Again being Daenerys gives me option I can pick and choose from the show and book outfits!

Final Thoughts

So my readers those, are my picks and it really was hard to choose off the top of my head. So which characters would you like to dress up as? Let me know in the comments below and have a fun and safe Halloween!

Publishing Info

  1. Peter Pan By: M. Barrie Published By: Barnes & Noble Classics 5 October 2008
  2. Vampire Academy By Richelle Mead Published By: Razor Bill 16 August 2007
  3. Bloodlines By: Richelle Mead Published By: Razor Bill 23 August 2011
  4. The One By: Kiera Cass Published By: HarperTeen 6 May 2014
  5. The Power of Five (W.I.T.C.H., 1) By: Elizabeth Lenhard Published By: Volo 1 April 2004
  6. Tiger’s Quest By: Colleen Houck Published By: Sterling Publishing 7 June 2011
  7. Burned By: C. Cast and Kristin Cast Published By: Atom 27 April 2010
  8. Wild Magic By: Tamora Pierce Published By: Simon Pulse 1 January 2005
  9. Bitten By: Kelley Armstrong Published By: Plume 29 June 2010
  10. A Game of Thrones By: George R.R. Martin Published By: Bantam Spectra August 2005

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