Top Ten Tuesday | New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!


Hey, friends! This is officially my first Top Ten Tuesday of 2019! Booktube (and learning how to film and edit) has really taken up a lot of my time! But I missed this weekly post so much that I feel so blessed to be able to start back up! Especially with this fun topic of all the first time authors I read from last year! Also, don’t forget that I did write up a post all about my favorite debuts of 2018, but hopefully I only have a few repeats!


Jessica Townsend

This lovely author made me re-fall in love with all things magical and middle grade in 2018! Nevermoor was honestly everything. Everything.


Claire Legrand

I read two things by Claire for the very first time last year, and I couldn’t believe what I had been missing all my life! I love her and I love her words so much!


Jasmine Guillory

I fell so hard in love with this Romance author last year! Both of her books are ownvoices and set in the same world! And I cannot wait to see what she does next!


Talia Hibbert

I can’t believe I didn’t read anything by this beautiful soul before 2018! But holy moly did she win me over hard last year! So hard, that The Dragons & Tea Book Club picked one of her books for our February 2019 pick! The actual blessings.


Katie O’Neill

I read two of my all time favorite graphic works from Katie in 2018, and I can’t wait to buy and read everything else she has and will create!


Tessa Gratton 

Tessa wrote my second favorite book of 2018, and I continued to read more from her all last year, and I just continue to be more wowed by her craft. She is so talented, and the way she strings words together is truly a gift from above.


Alyssa Cole

Alyssa is another Romance author that I couldn’t get enough from in 2018! A Princess in Theory was everything I’ve been looking for in the genre and she just keeps getting better. I cannot wait for her just released story set in this world, too!


Alice Oseman

Radio Silence was maybe my favorite book of 2018, and I knew I couldn’t compile this list without listing Alice, because I ended up reading all but one of her complete works last year, and I absolutely loved them all so much!


Emily X.R. Pan

I couldn’t not mention Emily, because The Astonishing Color of After was my favorite debut of 2018 and will always be a story I carry in my heart.


Cassandra Clare

You all really thought I wasn’t going to mention my actual 2018 queen in this post? Lord, help me! 2018 was truly the year of me reading 20+ things by this woman, and loving almost all of them! Truly, the greatest blessing of last year!



Okay, friends! That’s it! I hope you enjoyed, and I hope that I was able to surprise you with a few of these! I hope you are having a wonderful month filled with so many five star reads! I love you all!

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Down the TBR Hole #24

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to help cull your reading lists down, or maybe push higher anticipated releases up on your TBR! And maybe you all can help me along the way, and tell me if you’ve loved or hated any of these!


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Becoming by Michelle Obama
How have I not read this book yet? Ahhh! I’m beyond words excited for this one! And nothing could make me take this off of my TBR!
Verdict: Keep ✅

Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Takaya
This manga is totally on my list because of Alexa on Booktube! Alexa loves this so much, and her passion really made me want to pick it up! Maybe I will soon, because I have to read more Manga come 2019!
Verdict: Keep ✅

Shallow Gravesby Kali Wallace
This is completely on my list because of my friend Alexis who loves this book!
Verdict: Keep ✅

Ravencry (Raven’s Mark #2) by Ed McDonald
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but for some reason I just didn’t read this one! I don’t know if I should continue on or not! What do you all think?
Verdict: Delete ❌

Kill The Farm Boy (The Tales of Pell #1) by Delilah S. Dawson & Kevin Hearne
This looks so cute and so funny and I can’t believe I haven’t read this already! I remember back in Spring I was really trying to get an ARC of this, but I haven’t thought about it in a while! I guess that’s the beauty of these posts! But yeah, I totally still want to read this!
Verdict: Keep ✅

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria #1) by Anthony Ryan
I can’t believe I haven’t started this series! I am such a damn slacker! But I have the highest of hopes for this one, and I really need to prioritize it, come 2019!
Verdict: Keep ✅


Okay, my loves, this is the last “Down the TBR Hole” for 2018! I can’t even believe that it’s going to be 2019 next week! But these are the next oldest six books I have on my TBR! Let me know if you love, hate, and/or recommend me to read or trash any of these books! Thank you all so much, and I hope whatever you’re currently reading is five star worthy and I hope you’re having an amazing holiday season! ❄⛄

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I Read My “Top 12 Books I Must Read in 2018” List


Merry Christmas, to all my friends who celebrate! Today’s post is something I’ve looked forward to doing all year long, so it’s really a gift to myself! So, on January 6th of 2018, I made a blog post all about the twelve books that I *must* read during 2018! And I finally read the last one at the start of December! This was my first year doing this, but I loved it so much that I hope to continue to do it forever. It really helped me to read books that I already owned, and it gave me a much-needed break between ARCs when I was feeling rather burnt out. And even though I did predict these all being five stars (they weren’t), I still ended up loving so many of these titles! 🎄🎁❤


The Secret History by Donna Tartt – ★★★★★
This was the first book I read in 2018! And I still have never read anything like this book in my entire life. I laid in bed for over an hour last night upon finishing this book, just tossing and turning and thinking about everything I just consumed. I still don’t think I can put my feelings into words, but I can honestly say this book was a cathartic experience for me, and the irony of the word “catharsis” being a Greek rooted word is not lost on me, because if this book is anything it’s a modern-day Greek tragedy.


Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë – ★★★★★
I fell completely in love with this. This was so intelligently crafted and so expertly woven! And the dark feelings and vibes throughout really makes this such a unique and amazing reading experience. And I think this is a book that I will be able to read and reread over and over for the rest of my life. You also best believe that if I ever have children, this will be required reading once they get a bit older, because this book seriously has an immense amount of power. And I truly believe this is my favorite classic of all-time now. And I never want any woman to feel like a bird trapped in a cage.


Jane Steele by Lyndsay Faye – ★★
Reader, I was so damn bored. I was a little intrigued at the start. I mean, it is hard to not get hyped about a serial killer who loves Jane Eyre. But as more and more time went on, I just cared less and less. Also, I really was leading myself to believe there was going to be a sapphic relationship in this, only to cry over what could have been, and that’s never a good feeling, even if I queer-baited myself.


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller – ★★★★★
In high school I became really obsessed with Greek mythology. I couldn’t get enough of the adventures in The Iliad and The Odyssey. And the Trojan War is almost a decade worth of adventures that I fell completely in love with. And I always had a special soft spot for Achilles, son of a god and a king, being convinced to join the Greek army by the Greek commander, Odysseus, to become the greatest warrior in the world. But so much happens before that deadly battle between Hector and Achilles outside the gates of Troy. And The Song of Achilles is Madeline Miller’s love letter to Achilles complete story, and it is an actual masterpiece that is the best reimagining I’ve ever read in my entire life.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid – ★★★★★
This is one of the best books I’ve ever had the privilege to read. It is probably in the top five for best books I’ve ever read in my entire life. I have been looking for a book like this my entire life, and no combination of words I’m about to type, and you’re about to read, is going to do this masterpiece justice. If you all ever take a recommendation from me; please have it be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo.


The Book of Etta (The Road to Nowhere #2) by Meg Elison – ★★★★
Meg Elison writes the queer, feminist, inclusionary literature of my heart. This book is important, and powerful, and empowering. It’s hard, and brutal, and heartbreaking, but I promise it is so rewarding. The reason I am giving it four stars is because the ending felt rushed to me. And even though I loved this entire ending with the soul of my being, it just happened in the blink of an eye. Yet, I am so excited to see where the next book picks up, because I am sort of obsessed with their location! But friends, if you are in the right headspace, please give The Book of the Unnamed Midwife a try. It’s truly a masterpiece, and this entire series means more to me than I have words for.


Now I Rise (The Conqueror’s Saga #2) by Kiersten White – ★★★
Friends, I’ll be honest with you, I have been dreading writing this review. I don’t know what’s wrong with me or my reading tastes, but this series just isn’t the series for me. So many of my friends love this series more than anything and you should check out their reviews: Chaima (Muslim ownvoices), Elise, and Emily! But, sadly, I’m calling it quits and I’m not reading the third book. And if you want my honest opinion? Read The Traitor Baru Cormorant, because it’s a better version of (Radu’s storyline especially) this story. I didn’t hate this book by any means, it’s just really a 2.5 star, middle of the road book for me. And I’m going to try to keep this review short, because I completely recognize that this series just doesn’t work for me! But this is a historical reimagining, starring two children during the fall of Constantinople, but one of those children is a genderbent Vlad the Impaler.


The Queen and the Cure (TBATS #2) by Amy Harmon – ★★
I loved The Bird and the Sword so much when I read it, so I was looking so forward to the indirect sequel, the Queen and the Cure. But, sadly, I was so let down by this next installment. I didn’t care about the character, the story, or any of the hardships that they were going through. Honestly? The only parts I really liked where when the characters from The Bird and the Sword made brief cameos. Kjell is the captain of Tiras‘s guard, and is on a mission to find any remaining Volgar. Not only is Kjell a strong warrior and leader, he is also a very gifted healer. But his healing comes at a price; for every life he saves, he gives up a day of his own life. But he stumbles upon a young woman named Sasha who is in desperate need of healing, and he doesn’t even hesitate to save her life.


A Daring Arrangement (The Four Hundred #1) by Joanna Shupe – ★★
I am not sure if this is because I just don’t read that much historical romance, or that I just couldn’t connect with these characters or story, but this just did not work for me. Honestly, I think I’m going to try a Tessa Dare book, and if that doesn’t work for me then I’m just going to swear off historical romances for a while. This was just so boring. Nothing happened what so ever. And I’ll admit, I picked this up because I was craving romance, so maybe the fact that the romance didn’t even start until 70% into the book made me really not enjoy it.


The Abyss Surrounds Us (TASU #1) by Emily Skrutskie – ★★★★★
I fell totally in love with this story and it surpassed every high expectation I had for it. The writing is addicting, the story is so unique, and this book holds my now favorite enemies to lovers, angst-filled relationship of all time. Oh, and it’s between two girl pirates. Sold yet? You should be. This book was a gift.


Hideaway (Devil’s Night #2) by Penelope Douglas – DNF @ 58%
I’m just going to DNF this and pretend that Corrupt is a standalone. You all, this is just awful. From the Japanese main character who constantly talks about dojos, to the constant grey area consent, to pedophilia and even incest. I can’t. I cannot do this. And I refuse to read a Damon redemption story for the next book. This is easily one of the worst things I’ve read all year.


Three Dark Crowns (Three Dark Crowns #1) by Kendare Blake – ★★★★
This world is gloriously feminist, and I loved each point of view from the different islands. And the writing? Beautiful, lyrical, genius. And I fell so very in love with each sister, easily, and happily. These characters are honestly a tier above almost every YA character I’ve ever read. And again, this was such an amazing journey and I hope more people give this book a shot, despite the mixed reviews.


Okay, my loves! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did actually doing it! And I absolutely cannot wait to do this again for 2019, but with an even more exciting twist! And hopefully I have just as many five star reads ahead of me, and hopefully no DNFs! Let me know below if you all do something similar to this with your reading year! And I hope you’re all reading something that’s five star worthy! Merry Christmas! ❤️🎄🎁

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Down the TBR Hole #23

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to help cull your reading lists down, or maybe push higher anticipated releases up on your TBR! And maybe you all can help me along the way, and tell me if you’ve loved or hated any of these!


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Holy Sister (Book of the Ancestor #3) by Mark Lawrence
I love Mark Lawrence and this world (and Nona) so much! But I feel like I’m the only SFF blogger I know who hasn’t received an ARC of this, and it makes me want to cry thinking about it every time.
Verdict: Keep ✅

An Extraordinary Union (The Loyal League #1) by Alyssa Cole
This author, this cover, the synopsis. This is going to be amazing! I cannot wait to pick this up! Next time I go to the bookstore, I’m buying this.
Verdict: Keep ✅

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
What’s that you say? Most anticipated release of 2018? Yeah, same, friend! BIG SAME!
Verdict: Keep ✅

Barbed Wire Heart by Tess Sharpe
I have fallen in love with Tess Sharpe’s writing in so many anthologies now. I can’t wait to read this. I think I’m going to absolutely love this one.
Verdict: Keep ✅

Pantomime (Micah Grey #1) by Laura Lam
I can’t believe I haven’t read this already! My beautiful friend Imi got this for me for my birthday! Plus, I mean, I see Leigh Bardugo’s name blurbed on it! So many of my friends have given this five stars. Have you read this one? Help, my loves!
Verdict: Keep ✅

A Place For Wolves by Kosoko Jackson
This is going to be amazing, and I can’t wait for it! Also, I love this author’s twitter presence, and I hope to fall in love with their book!
Verdict: Keep ✅


Okay, friends, these are the next oldest six books I have on my TBR! We are really starting to get into newer books now! I’m not sure how much longer I’m going to be able to keep up with “Down the TBR Hole”! But please let me know if you love, hate, and/or recommend me to read or trash any of these books! Thank you all so much, and I hope you’re having a blessed holiday season with love, friends, health, and a good book or two! ❄⛄

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Down the TBR Hole #22

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to help cull your reading lists down, or maybe push higher anticipated releases up on your TBR! And maybe you all can help me along the way, and tell me if you’ve loved or hated any of these!


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Foolish Hearts by Emma Mills
This is another OwlCrate book that I haven’t read! But I’ve actually heard really good things about this one, so I feel on the fence! Have you all read this? Did you enjoy?
Verdict: Keep ✅

Rebellion (Rebellion #1) by Josephine Boyce
My wonderful friend sent this to me, and I’m so damn thankful so I’ll keep it on my bookshelves forever, just in case! But I don’t think this looks or sounds like a book for me, sadly.
Verdict: Delete ❌

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Secret History was the first thing I read this year, and I haven’t been able to stop thinking about it. I can’t wait to try something else out by Donna Tartt.
Verdict: Keep ✅

The Queens of Innis Learby Tessa Gratton
My face when I wrote this post up last month before I picked this up with some of my amazing friends. I ended up loving this one and even giving it five stars! 🙈
Verdict: Keep! ✅

Flow (Grip 0.5) by Kennedy Ryan
I’m here for this one, and I’m hyped for this one! I read another book by Kennedy Ryan early this year and I loved it! I can’t wait to find the time to pick this up!
Verdict: Keep ✅

Moon-Bright Tides (Lunar Requiem, #1) by RoAnna Sylver
I believe I got this for free last year from the author. And it’s supposed to be super queer, so I really need to read this one! And I hope to love it!
Verdict: Keep ✅


Okay, friends, these are the next oldest six books I have on my TBR! Let me know if you love, hate, and/or recommend me to read or trash any of these books! Thank you all so much, and I hope whatever you’re currently reading is five star worthy! ❄⛄

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Down the TBR Hole #21

Down the TBR Hole was originally created by Lost in a Story! The point of it is to help cull your reading lists down, or maybe push higher anticipated releases up on your TBR! And maybe you all can help me along the way, and tell me if you’ve loved or hated any of these!


How it works:
➽ Go to your Goodreads to-read shelf.
➽ Order on ascending date added.
➽ Take the first 5 (or 10 if you’re feeling adventurous) books
➽ Read the synopses of the books
➽ Decide: keep it or should it go?


The Six Books:

Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow #1) by Anthony Ryan
Petrik made me auto-buy this because he loved this book so much! So, I just know I’m going to love it too!
Verdict: Keep ✅

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
This is like the biggest shame of my “Down the TBR Hole” life. I know I’m going to love this, and I can’t believe I haven’t read it!
Verdict: Keep ✅

The Glass Spare (The Glass Spare #1) by Lauren DeStefano
I got this from an OwlCrate, I want to say. But I just don’t think this is for me. Have you all read this? Did you enjoy?
Verdict: Delete ❌

Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander #2) by Diana Gabaldon
I read Outlander around this time in 2017 and really enjoyed, surprisingly. I do want to continue on with the series. Maybe I’ll do it before the year is up!
Verdict: Keep ✅

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
I really wanted to read this for Pride this year, but I just didn’t get around to it. But this book is beloved by so many, I can’t wait for when I finally do pick this one up!
Verdict: Keep ✅

Darkdawn (The Nevernight Chronicle #3) by Jay Kristoff
Oh, I have the mightiest of needs for this one! I love Nevernight and Godsgrave so very much! Soon, soon, soon!
Verdict: Keep ✅


Okay, friends, these are the next oldest six books I have on my TBR! Let me know if you love, hate, and/or recommend me to read or trash any of these books! Thank you all so much, and I hope whatever you’re currently reading is five star worthy! ❄⛄

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Top Ten Tuesday | Atmospheric Books for the Cold and Snow

 

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Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018!

Hey, friends! This week’s topic was more about holiday reads (I think), but I don’t read that many holiday themed books! Therefore, I kind of twisted this topic so that I could talk about the ten books that literally made me feel cold while reading. The atmosphere of all ten of these books are pure snowy perfection! (AKA: my west coast self is missing my east coast weather, here in the States!) But I hope you all enjoy! ❄


The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (Chronicles of Narnia, #1) by C.S. Lewis

I mean, endless Winter! Need I say more? But you all should totally buddy read this with me and Julie – December 17th – 19th!


The Secret History by Donna Tartt

This book will forever haunt me with its words and its cold.


Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik

I only want to live in this Winter wonderland, forever.


Girls Made of Snow and Glass by Melissa Bashardoust

Snow White meets Frozen, with even more snow.


Frostbite (Vampire Academy #2) by Richelle Mead

Snow Lodges will forever be a setting I adore in books. Especially ones with Adrian Ivashkov staying in them, too!


The Sisters of the Winter Wood by Rena Rossner

This Russian Wilderness completely covered me with its coldness, and gave me all the best chills.


The Simple Wild by K.A. Tucker

Give me all the frost from the Alaskan wilderness, because this book was perfection.


Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

This is actually my favorite classic of all time, and it is probably because of the perfect winter setting that’s completely unforgettable.


Shiver (The Wolves of Mercy Falls #1) by Maggie Stiefvater

My first review ever, but also will always be a memorable winter read.


The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy #1) by Katherine Arden

Never, have I ever, felt more cold while reading a book. Katherine Arden’s words not only teleport me, but they wrap their chill around my entire body. This book is literally the perfect book for the colder season, wherever you live!


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