Imagine Me (Shatter Me, #6)

Imagine Me by Tahereh Mafi

Published by HarperCollins on March 31, 2020

Genres: Dystopia, Young Adult

Pages: 464

“Imagine me 
master of my own universe
I am everything I ever dreamed of”

I’m truly ashamed of how long it took me to read this. With COVID-19 and working from home, I have no excuse for reading 2 books in the last 4 months of WFH. Still, I’m glad I got this finished before I head back into a new normal daily grind and put this beloved series to rest.

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Children of Blood and Bone (Legacy of Orïsha)

Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi

Published by Henry Holt on March 6, 2018

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 544

No matter how much I crave peace, the gods have other plans.

I am truly ashamed of how long it took me to read this book because it is brilliant and deserved to be consumed in a week or less. Life kept getting in the way or I kept having readers block, but I finally finished and now I can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel.

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On the Come Up

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Published by Balzer + Bray on February 5, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 613

“There’s only so much you can take being described as somebody you’re not.” 

Another amazing novel from Angie Thomas. The Hate U Give was such an impactful and raw story, I had no idea what On the Come Up was going to have in store as a follow up. Equally as honest, but a different type of story.

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Me Before You

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Published by Penguin Books on December 31, 2012

Genres: Romance, Fiction, Contemporary

Pages: 369

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.” 

Some books suck you into its world and take you on an adventure without ever leaving your chair. Some books make you want to get up and go on your own adventure. For me, Me Before You is the latter. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Published by Hachette Book Group on July 11, 1960

Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Classics

Pages: 324

“The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.”

This is one of the most beloved required reads ever. No one hated it when it was required in high school. I, however, was required to read another book so I never read this…until now. I think I would’ve appreciated it in high school, but I’m especially glad I read it as an adult to really understand and appreciate it.

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The Queen of Nothing (The Folk of the Air, #3)

The Queen of Nothing by Holly Black

Published by Little, Brown and Company on November 19, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult

Pages: 308

“I think of his riddle. How do people like us take off our armor?
One piece at a time.” 

A series with a final book worthy of finishing in 24 hours. Not even a full day ago had I started The Queen of Nothing and now I’m sitting here with tears in my eyes because it’s over. I know this a series I will turn to when I want a good re-read.

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The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air, #2)

The Wicked King by Holly Black

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers on January 8, 2019

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Pages: 336

“Power is much easier to acquire than it is to hold on to.” 

Have you ever finished a book and can’t do anything but scream “OH MY GOD” over and over and over? No? Just me?

Well, that’s exactly how The Wicked King is making me behave.

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Our Dark Duet (Monsters of Verity, #2)

Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

Published by Greenwillow Books on June 13, 2017

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopia, Young Adult

Pages: 512

“There were two kinds of monsters, the kind that hunted the streets and the kind that lived in your head. She could fight the first, but the second was more dangerous. It was always, always, always a step ahead.” 

2020 is off to a really good start. I finally finished Our Dark Duet, which I started in October, and it really caught me in all of the emotions.

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Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdred: The Definitive How-To Guide by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

Published by Forge Books on May 28, 2019

Genres: Nonfiction, Memoir, True Crime

Pages: 304

“We barely get any time on this planet. Do not spend it pleasing other people. Fuck politeness. Live life exactly how you want to live it so you can love the life you make for yourself.”

I started listening to My Favorite Murder when I started working a full-time job. I needed something to keep my mind busy and it helped the time pass. I’ve never been a big listener of any podcasts, but something about the balance of humor, true-crime, and a strong bond between two friends turned me into a full-fledged fan.

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Favorite Books of 2019

Before 2020 progresses any further, I need to tell you my top five of 2019.

It was a weird year of reading for me. The first month or so I read a few books back-to-back. The next couple of months lulled. This was followed by a month and a half or so of binge reading. Then…a really long lull. Looking back, what I can say about the books I read in the last year of the 2010s is most of the books I read brought me right back to where it all began earlier in the decade.

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The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air, #1)

The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult

Pages: 370

If I cannot be better than them, I will become so much worse

Have you ever been drawn magnetically to a book? You’re looking at your bookshelf, trying to figure out to read, and out of nowhere is a pull towards one specific book? That’s what happened to me with this book. One morning I woke up and decided I have to read this book and I have to consume it as quickly as I can. The magnetic pull was right. This book was amazing.

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Looking for Alaska: Hulu’s Adaptation

To make this easy, above the cut off I’ll keep it spoiler-free and below the cut off, beware.

I read Looking for Alaska in 2013. It was my second John Green novel after The Fault in Our Stars and…I didn’t like it. When I heard about Hulu picking it up to make into a mini-series I rolled my eyes. Paper Towns was just as bad as the book in my opinion (another John Green novel I didn’t enjoy) and I expected to feel about the show as I did the book. I did not feel that way at all. I ended up really enjoying it, cried a bunch, and watched the whole thing in 2 nights.

If you’ve read the book or you haven’t, I recommend watching the show. Full thoughts on everything will be below, but looking back on it as a whole: go watch.

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This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

Published by Greenwillow Books on July 5, 2016

Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Dystopia, Young Adult

Pages: 464

He wasn’t made of flesh and bone, or starlight.
He was made of darkness.

Reading a Victoria Schwab book is like taking a breath of fresh air. Comforting, refreshing, and needed.

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The Fiery Cross (Outlander, #5)

The Fiery Cross by Diana Gabaldon

Published by Delacorte Press on November 6, 2001

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 979

“The past is gone-the future is not come. And we are here together, you and I.” 

This book is responsible for my declining interest in the series. This is evident in the length of time between my review for Drums of Autumn and this one.

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Drums of Autumn (Outlander, #4)

Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon

Published by Delacorte Press on December 30, 1996

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 1,088 (e-book)

“Forgiveness is not a single act, but a matter of constant practice.”

After reading Diana Gabaldon’s acknowledgments in the back of the book, I am so impressed with the hard work and research she has poured into this series.

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Voyager (Outlander, #3)

Voyager by Diana Gabaldon

Published by Delacorte Press on December 1, 1993

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 870

“It has always been forever, for me, Sassenach” 

I’ve been looking forward to this book the most because I knew it was going to cause me the least pain. Somehow I’ve become so invested in this series and I can’t seem to put these books down or read anything else for that matter.

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The Burning Shadow (Origin, #2)

The Burning Shadow by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Published by Tor Teen on October 8, 2019

Genres: Young Adult, Paranormal, Sci-Fi

Pages: 416 (hardcover), 649 (ARC)

Dangerous.

Powerful.

A threat.

But I was more.

Oh sweet alien babies, I do love this world JLA has created. I don’t think there’s anything within the Lux world that I wouldn’t enjoy. The Burning Shadow lived up to my expectations after The Darkest Star and then some.

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Dragonfly in Amber (Outlander, #2)

Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon

Published by Delacorte Press on July 1, 1992

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 743

“D’ye think I don’t know?” he asked softly. “It’s me that has the easy part now. For if ye feel for me as I do for you-then I’m asking you to tear out your heart and live without it.”

This quote encapsulates exactly what Diana Gabaldon asked of me when I opened this book – to tear out my heart and live without it for 743 pages.

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Outlander (Outlander, #1)

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

Published by Delacorte Press on June 1, 1991

Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance, Fantasy

Pages: 627

Sometimes our best action result in things that are most regrettable.

Whatever I thought this series was going to be about, I was sorely mistaken. I could not have been further from the truth, but that didn’t stop me from enjoying this series way more than I thought I was going to

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