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

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is New-to-Me Authors I Read In 2018. Here are some of my new favorite authors I met last year.


1. Helen Hoang

2. Sally Thorne

3. Katie McGarry

4. Maya Hughes

5. Meghan March

6. Christina Lauren

7. Teagan Hunter

8. Cora Carmack

9. Leisa Rayven

10. Alexa Martin

11. Anne Eliot

12. Katherine Center

13. Rebecca Yarros

WWW Wednesday: January 9, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This week I read ARCs of The Kiss Thief, Only a Breath Apart, Heartless (Episodes 1-3), On Thin Ice (Juniper Falls, #3), and Off the Ice (Juniper Falls, #1).


I also finished listening to Broken and Screwed (Broken & Screwed, #1), and Broken and Screwed 2 (Broken & Screwed, #2). These were fun “re-reads” for me.

Currently ReadIng

I’m reading Breaking the Ice (Juniper Falls, #2).

Reading Next

Next, I’m going to read Two Can Keep a Secret.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is Most Anticipated Releases for the First Half of 2019. Here are some of the reads I am most looking forward to.


1. 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne

2. Two Can Keep a Secret
Author: Karen McManus

3. Famous in a Small Town
Author: Emma Mills

4. Only a Breath Apart
Author: Katie McGarry

5. The Risk
Author: Elle Kennedy

6. Deal with the Devil
Author: Meghan March

7. Daisy Jones & the Six
Author: Taylor Jenkins Reid

8. Wolfhunter River
Author: Rachel Caine

9. The Bride Test
Author: Helen Hoang

10. Fumbled
Author: Alexa Martin

WWW Wednesday: January 2, 2019

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

Welcome to 2019! This week I read The Duet, ARCs of Deal with the Devil (Forge Trilogy, #1), The Hail Mary (Waiting on the Sidelines, #3), and Anything but Minor (Balls in Play, #1).


Currently ReadIng

I’m reading The Beau & the Belle. Yes, I’m back to R.S. Grey.

Reading Next

I have no clue what I’ll read next.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: My Favorite Books of 2018

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is  Best Books I Read In 2018. I am changing it up to be My Favorite Reads of 2018.

I read so many wonderful books this year, but I wanted to limit this post to the books released in 2018. All of these are 5 star reads for me.


1. The Kiss Quotient
Author: Helen Hoang

2. Love & Other Words
Author: Christina Lauren

3. How to Walk Away
Author: Katherine Center

4. From Lukov with Love
Author: Mariana Zapata

5. A Wish for Us
Author: Tillie Cole

6. Wildcat
Author: Max Monroe

7. Intercepted
Author: Alexa Martin

8. The Boy I Grew Up With
Author: Tijan

9. The Chase
Author: Elle Kennedy

10. Brooklynaire
Author: Sarina Bowen

I couldn’t just stop at 2018. I have recently read a few ARCs for upcoming 2019 releases. Here are a few of my favorites that I highly recommend.

1. The Hail Mary
Author: Ginger Scott

2. Overnight Sensation
Author: Sarina Bowen

3. Deal with the Devil
Author: Meghan March

4. The Last Letter
Author: Rebecca Yarros

2018 End of the Year Survey

For the past 9 years, The Perpetual Page Turner has posted this fun year end survey for book bloggers. I have participated the past few years and thought I would again. Here are my answers to the survey.


**2018 READING STATS**

Number Of Books You Read: a ton (I am not giving out my # because I think we shouldn’t compare ours to each other. It’s all about the love of reading, right?)
Number of Re-Reads: 7
Genre You Read The Most From: Contemporary Romance

best-YA-books-20141. Best Book You Read In 2018?

It’s hard to pick just one because I read so many good books and have a lot of favorites.

If I had to pick just one, I would go with The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang.

2. Book You Were Excited About & Thought You Were Going To Love More But Didn’t?

I listened to Cora Cormack’s Losing It series this year. I had so much fun listening to the first two books that I thought I would love the third book, Finding It. I really didn’t.

 3. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?  

I chose The Sweet Gum Tree by Katherine Allred because it’s not a book I would normally pick up. It has this old school romance vibe that I’m not really into. A couple of my blogging friends (Stephanie & Brandie) loved it, so I decided to request it from my library and give it a chance. I ended up really liking it.

 4. Book You “Pushed” The Most People To Read (And They Did)?

Gosh, I don’t know. Does anyone have any ideas for this? I know I told people to read The Kiss Quotient a lot since it is my favorite of the year.

 5. Best series you started in 2018? Best Sequel of 2018? Best Series Ender of 2018?

Best series I started: Nowhere But Here by Katie McGarry

Best Sequel of 2018: The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan

Best Series Ender of 2018: 4th & Girl by Max Monroe

 6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2018?

I discovered so many great authors this year! My favorites were Helen Hoang, Katherine Center, Katie McGarry, Meghan March, Sally Thorne…I could go on and on.

7. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?

I am not a science fiction or fantasy fan, but I loved The Raging Ones by Krista and Becca Ritchie.

 8. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?

I didn’t read a ton of thriller or action type books this year. I did read one thriller that kept me on my toes. It was Verity by Colleen Hoover.

9. Book You Read In 2018 That You Would Be MOST Likely To Re-Read Next Year?

I don’t normally do re-reads. This year, I re-listened to all of the Fallen Crest Series by Tijan. If I did another, I might re-read one of Max Monroe’s Bad Boy Billionaires books because they make me laugh so much.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2018?

I love the cover for Tillie Cole’s A Wish for Us. It is beautiful and reflects the book so well. It’s all about how some people see color while hearing music.

11. Most memorable character of 2018?

It’s a toss up for me. It’s either Hazel from Josh & Hazel’s Guide to Not Dating by Christina Lauren because of her unforgettable quirkiness or it’s Preppy from the King series by T.M. Frazier because of his personality combined with his style.

 12. Most beautifully written book read in 2018?

I read a lot of beautifully written books this year. I was lucky in that aspect. Since I have to choose just one, I’m going with How to Walk Away by Katherine Center.

13. Most Thought-Provoking/ Life-Changing Book of 2018?

This might seem like an odd choice, but I listened to Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari and Eric Klinenberg this year. I’m so far out of the dating world, that I hadn’t really thought about all of the changes that have gone on in the past ten years or more. It was a really eye opening and thought provoking read for me. It wasn’t exactly life changing, but it made me understand some of my single friends better.

 14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2018 to finally read? 

The Opportunist and the rest of the other Love Me with Lies books by Tarryn Fisher. So crazy, but so good.

 15. Favorite Passage/Quote From A Book You Read In 2018?

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p style=”text-align: center;”>“Someone else’s opinion of you is none of your business.”
-Rachel Hollis, Girl Wash Your Face

I chose this quote because it’s something that I remind myself of a lot. Before I heard this quote, I used to tell myself that 99% of the time people are just thinking about themselves, but this really puts that in more perspective.

16.Shortest & Longest Book You Read In 2018?

Shortest: Studly Period (The Ivy Years, #5.5) by Sarina Bowen, 50 pages

Longest: Cocktales by Penny Reid & friends, 998 pages

How I did this: Went to my read books on Goodreads and sorted by page number and just looked for what I knew I read this year that was the shortest and longest.

 17. Book That Shocked You The Most

(Because of a plot twist, character death, left you hanging with your mouth wide open, etc.)

The Upside of Falling and The Downside of Love by Meghan Quinn. I can’t tell you why. You will just have to read it yourself.

18. OTP OF THE YEAR (you will go down with this ship!)

(OTP = one true pairing if you aren’t familiar)

Heather & Channing from The Boy I Grew Up With by Tijan.

19. Favorite Non-Romantic Relationship Of The Year

Millie, Reid, and the guys from My Favorite Half-Night Stand by Christina Lauren.

20. Favorite Book You Read in 2018 From An Author You’ve Read Previously

Love & Other Words by Christina Lauren

21. Best Book You Read In 2018 That You Read Based SOLELY On A Recommendation From Somebody Else/Peer Pressure/Bookstagram, Etc.:

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

(Thanks, Ari!)

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2018?

I think I’ll go with Rowdy Wade from Jock Row by Sara Ney.

23. Best 2018 debut you read?

The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

24. Best Worldbuilding/Most Vivid Setting You Read This Year?

Crew by Tijan and/or Cry Baby by Ginger Scott

25. Book That Put A Smile On Your Face/Was The Most FUN To Read?

4th & Girl by Max Monroe

26. Book That Made You Cry Or Nearly Cry in 2018?

Long Shot by Kennedy Ryan

27. Hidden Gem Of The Year?

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

28. Book That Crushed Your Soul?

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

29. Most Unique Book You Read In 2018?

Once Upon a River by Diane Setterfield

30. Book That Made You The Most Mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

It’s probably a toss up between two series: Blue Line Duet by Meghan Quinn or the Love Me with Lies series by Tarryn Fisher.

book-blogging1. New favorite book blog/Bookstagram/Youtube channel you discovered in 2018?

Kayla from Books & Blends

2. Favorite post you wrote in 2018?

I don’t really have a favorite. I try to write posts I’m proud of.

3. Favorite bookish related photo you took in 2018?

This is me and my friend Ashley at Book Bonanza 2018. I hadn’t seen her in over 5 years when we met there for the fun that the event was. I have some favorite pictures of me with authors and blogger friends, but this one I’ll call my favorite because I miss getting to see her when she lives in South Carolina and I live in Washington state.

4. Best bookish event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events,  etc.)?

Book Bonanza 2018!!! I got to meet so many of my favorite authors and a couple of my favorite bloggers (Celebrity Readers & DG Book Blog) well! I wish I was going again next year. It was such a great, uplifting experience.

5. Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2018?

I’m going to go with Book Bonanza again. I loved meeting people who love books as much as I do.

6. Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life this year?

Letting go. I decided after this past summer that I didn’t need to sign up for every ARC or blog tour. I switched my focus to reading what I already have and to not having to post reviews for all the books I read. I actually want to read LESS next year. Crazy, right?

7. Most Popular Post This Year On Your Blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

My most viewed post for 2018 was my review for Ryan’s Bed by Tijan.

8. Post You Wished Got A Little More Love?

Honestly, all of them.

9. Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

I didn’t really discover any new ones this year. Sorry.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

Yes, I completed my Goodreads Challenge for year, lowered my Want to Read shelf numbers on there, and read a ton of backlist books off my Kindle.

looking-ahead-books-20151. One Book You Didn’t Get To In 2018 But Will Be Your Number 1 Priority in 2019?

Flight Patterns by Karen White

2. Book You Are Most Anticipating For 2019 (non-debut)?

Just one? Torture again! The one that instantly pops to mind, though, is The Risk by Elle Kennedy.

3. 2019 Debut You Are Most Anticipating?

I don’t know that I have a debut I’m looking forward to most. I haven’t looked up what books are debuting yet.

 4. Series Ending/A Sequel You Are Most Anticipating in 2019?

The Bride Test by Helen Hoang. I could have gone with The Risk again, but I wanted to list another book I’m excited to read.

5. One Thing You Hope To Accomplish Or Do In Your Reading/Blogging Life In 2019?

I want to continue to slay my backlist TBR!

6. A 2019 Release You’ve Already Read & Recommend To Everyone (if applicable):

Gert ready for list…You all should read The Last Letter by Rebecca Yarros, Overnight Sensation by Sarina Bowen, Deal with the Devil by Meghan March, and The Hail Mary by Ginger Scott when they release.


And that’s a wrap! I answered all of the questions, but if you have any more for me, let me know. This gives a snapshot of my year in books, but I read so many great ones I probably could have answered the questions several different ways.

WWW Wednesday: December 26, 2018

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

I hope everyone had a great holiday! I had a really big reading week. It’s mostly because I had a sick kid for a few days and was basically stuck at home. To start out, I read a couple of fun holiday novellas: Late Night Kisses and Diced.Then I read The Secret of Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister, The Foxe & the Hound, Darling, All at Once (The Fairfields, #1), Honey, When it Ends (The Fairfields, #2), Anything You Can Do, and The Fortunate Ones.



I also finished my “re-read” of the Fallen Crest High series by listening to Fallen Crest Forever (Fallen Crest High, #7).

Currently ReadIng

Today, I will be starting The Design. Yes, I’m on an R.S. Grey binge and loving it.

Reading Next

I have no clue what I’ll read next. Maybe more R.S. Grey? I’m waiting to read some 2019 ARCs until January.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Hope I Find Under the Christmas Tree

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!
Merry Christmas to all who celebrate!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is Books I Hope I Find Under My Christmas Tree This Morning. Maybe I’ll be lucky enough to find one of these bad boys under there. 😉


1. Hindsight: And All the Things I Can’t See in Front of Me
Author: Justin Timberlake

2. Whiskey in a Teacup: What Growing Up in the South Taught Me About Life, Love, & Baking Biscuits
Author: Reese Witherspoon

3. Good Luck with That
Author: Kristan Higgins

4. Love the One Your With
Author: Lauren Layne

5. Cyndi Lauper:  A Memoir
Author: Cyndi Lauper

6. Becoming
Authors: Michelle Obama

7. The Greatest Love Story Ever Told
Author: Megan Mullally, Nick Offerman

8. The 15 Invaluabe Laws of Growth: Live Them and Reach Your Potential
Author: John C. Maxwell

9. Beautiful Stranger
Author: Christina Lauren

10. Rebel Heart
Author: Vi Keeland, Penelope Ward

WWW Wednesday: December 19, 2018

Welcome to WWW Wednesday!

WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Sam @ Taking on a World of Words. The purpose is to share what I’ve reading lately. The three W’s stand for:

What did you recently finish reading?
What are you currently reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Recently Read

This week I finally finished Beartown. Then I read XO, Zach and Overnight Sensation (Brooklyn Bruisers, #5).

I also “re-read” Fallen Fourth Down (Fallen Crest High, #4) and Fallen Crest University (Fallen Crest High, #5) by listening to them again.

Currently ReadIng

Right now, I’m finishing up Luna and the Lie.

I am also listening to Fallen Crest Home (Fallen Crest High, #6).

Reading Next

Next, I’m reading an ARC of The Secret of Dating Your Best Friend’s Sister.

I’m also going to listen to Fallen Crest Forever (Fallen Crest High, #7) to finish my re-listen. It has been so much fun experiencing this series all over again.

What are you reading? Make sure to leave me your link below so I can check out your post. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Winter 2018/19 TBR

Welcome to Top Ten Tuesday!

Top Ten Tuesday is an original weekly feature created by The Broke and the Bookish and is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. This week’s is  Winter TBR. Here is my Winter 2018/19 TBR.


1. Luna and the Lie
Author: Mariana Zapata
Publication Date: December 2018

2. 99 Percent Mine
Author: Sally Thorne
Publication Date: January 29, 2019

3. Two Can Keep a Secret
Author: Karen McManus
Publication Date: January 8, 2019

4. Famous in a Small Town
Author: Emma Mills
Publication Date: January 15, 2019

5. Only a Breath Apart
Author: Katie McGarry
Publication Date: January 2, 2019

6. Fame, Fate, and the First Kiss
Author: Kasie West
Publication Date: February 5, 2019

7. The Risk
Author: Elle Kennedy
Publication Date: February 18, 2019

8. If I Only Knew
Author: Corinne Michaels
Publication Date: January 28, 2019

9. Motion
Author: Penny Reid
Publication Date: February 12, 2019

10. Hired
Author: Zoey Castile
Publication Date: February 26, 2019