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Top Ten Tuesday: New-To-Me Authors I Read In 2013

Hi everyone! Another super quick post about some of the YA authors (a literary one slipped in too!) that were brand new to me this year courtesy of the fantastic lists by The Broke and the Bookish:

1. Kasie West – Pivot Point

2. Marissa Burt – Storybound and Story’s End

3. Gina Damico – Croak, Scorch and Rogue

4. Kiera Cass – The Selection, The Elite and The One

5. Randsom Riggs – Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

6. Rainbow Rowell – Fangirl

7. Lynn Cullen – Mrs. Poe

8. Elizabeth George – The Edge of Nowhere

9. A. G. Howard – Splintered

10. Amanda Sun – Ink

The week’s been pretty busy with my job, internship and making sure all gifts are ready to go for friends and family. I’m hoping to get to some more diverse content in the new year, but for now, the authors above have given me such reading pleasure through this tortuous year!


Top Ten Tuesday: Winter TBR List

Hi everyone! I hope you’re all keeping warm this far into December!

I know I was supposed to do this week’s Top Ten Tuesday from The Broke and the Bookish, but work got super busy yesterday! Anyways, I TBR means ‘To Be Read’, and this winter I made choices on books I wish I had my hands on, books that I do have my hands on and even ones I have already had my hands on, but I want to read them again! It all counts doesn’t it? 

What’s on your TBR list?

1. Ruby by V.C. Andrews

Ruby Cover

Because I love this series, not as much as the first two that have come before it, but there’s something about this particular series that is calling my name this winter. I’ve lost count how many times I’ve already read this book. 

2. Christmas in Seattle by Debbie Macomber

Christmas in Seattle Cover

I’ve already read this collection as well, during my internship at Harlequin Mills & Boon, and although I don’t particular like Macomber’s writing style, there’s something special about reading a couple of stories about Christmas that are set in your hometown. It’s impossible not to feel that magic. 

3. Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

Necessary Lies Cover

I adore all of Chamberlain’s work. Her stories are full of heart, emotion and just enough drama to give my brain a holiday from life. I devour her books and I’m so excited to start this latest book from her!

4. Shadow of Night by Deborah Harkness

Shadow of Night Cover

I have just finished the first book in this series and can’t wait to read this sequel in the new year! (Currently my reading challenges are in the way of attacking this book at the moment.) 

5. Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

Hunger Cover

I’ve been wanting to read this series for a while, but I could only get it by ebook in the UK. I didn’t start it as soon as I returned because not all the books had been published yet. I think I’m waiting to dive in all at once which will be perfect this winter!

5. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City Cover

I adored the first book in this series, Miss Peregrin’s School for Unusual Children, and I seriously can’t wait for this book to be published! The medium use of words with chilling photography kept me engaged and reading throughout the night!

6. The One by Kiera Cass

The One Cover

Like Hollow City, The One is another much anticipated book in 2014 that I simply cannot wait to get my hands on and I wish I had it now!

7. Dreams of Gods and Monsters by Laini Taylor

Dreams of Gods and Monsters Cover

This book is like The One, they’re both the finale’s in the three book series and I’m looking forward to the publishing date. 

9. Mermaids by Patty Dann

Mermaids Cover

I saw the movie adaption two summers ago and fell in love with the story. It’s so family oriented that I feel it would be perfect for winter, but I am disappointed none of my libraries offer this book. 

10. Snakeskin Boots by Xara X. Xanakas

Snakeskin Boots Cover

I wanted to round off my Winter TBR list with this little gem I came across when searching for a book to finish one of my challenges. Here’s the summary. I believe it explains everything:

“Jeff Cordata has always known wolves can be dangerous. Not that his luck with snakes has been any better. It’s not easy being a wereboa constrictor in a world that worships werewolves.

When the customer he’s been watching for months turns out to be an interested wolf, his first instinct is to flee, but his attraction to Brad Cannidy is undeniable despite the strained relations between their families. Then Jeff’s anaconda ex-boyfriend re-enters his life as a pair of snakeskin boots, the hunt begins for the murderer who is turning weres into accessories, and Jeff will have to decide if a boa and a wolf can really mate for life.”

Are any of these on your TBR list??

Top Ten Books I was ‘Forced’ to Read…

I’m finally participating in one of The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday’s! This Tuesday is as the title: Top Ten Books I was ‘Forced’ to Read!

1. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad


Three times I’ve had to read this, and it’s NEVER grown on me. I can appreciate it for it’s literary significance, but I still hate this book and will forever! 80 pages of NOTHING!

2. The Edge of Nowhere by Elizabeth George


Love, love, loved it! A great forced read from my boss who definitely knows her stuff!

3. Kindred by Octavia E. Butler


This book was from my senior seminar at Uni, and it was one of the first books I read in college that was science fiction for credit. I never expected to read science fiction at uni, but it was one of the best classes (modules) I ever took! The seminar was all about American Literature. 

4. War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy


Have to be honest, this was for my Russian literature class and I wasn’t able to finish it. The next book explains why. 

5. Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy


Yup, I read both Anna Karenina and War and Peace in the same quarter for my Russian literature class. I was able to finish Anna Karenina though and loved it. 

6. Greywalker by Kat Richardson


This recommendation was from a sorority sister. SO glad I listened! I was also able to finally meet the author a couple months back when her latest book was published! I was a total fangirl. 

7. The Secret Life of CeeCee Wilkes by Diane Chamberlain


I was requested to read this book during my fantastic internship with Harlequin Mills & Boon. As an editorial intern for the UK editorial department, my editor knew exactly which author from their long standing line of books that I would fall in love with. She’s my guilty pleasure author, everything Chamberlain writes is gold and I love zoning out with her latest novel. (I’m currently waiting for her latest from my local library).

8. Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James


I was forced to read this book as joke from one of my publishing friends, and also because if I wanted to dislike it, I needed to read it to actually know if I hated it or not. I do not like it, because I am from Seattle. A senior in college who is an English major who never get by by BORROWING her roommates computer. An English major needs her own. And that’s only the beginning…but I also got to meet E. L. James too!

9. Notes from a Small Island by Bill Bryson


I lived in London for nearly four years so it was only natural when one of my mates from my original study abroad in London during 2006 would return and make me read this book. Bloody brilliant. 

10. The Long Walk by Stephen King


This was a forced read for my fiction module during my Master’s. I am so grateful to my professor because she reawakened my love for Stephen King. It’s like I had forgotten he’s written all these books I’ve yet to read and the following years whichever titles I could get my hands on in the London’s libraries I hungrily devoured. Now that I’m back in the US, King’s books are so my oyster. 

That’s my list! What’s on yours?