New feature: monthly book recommendations!

In an attempt to prevent a future social media hiatus, I’m toying with a few ideas for regular blog posts. I have a super secret one in the works (one that should appeal to fans of my books *wink**wink*) but first, I wanted to experiment with a reading-related post. After all, reading is a huge part of my personality: just ask my co-workers who have to listen to me rant and rave about books for eight hours straight. (Well, we do work too, so maybe my book rants are more like five hours … but still.)

Actually, my above book rants inspired the idea for this post: namely, once a month I’ll share my top favorite books from the month before. However, since this year is already half over (and there are a TON of books I read and adored so far this year) I’ll post bi-weekly until I’ve caught up. This way, you all can see what books inspire me … and maybe I’ll find a couple of new book-friends to fangirl with! 😀

To give fellow readers a better grasp of what stories I’m most passionate about, I’ll only share books I’ve rated as 5 stars


  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik  – YA epic fantasy with truly gorgeous world building and unexpected plot twists. I really liked the dynamic between Agneiszka and her ‘Dragon’ – I always enjoy reading about characters that don’t know how to relate to others, and I have a bit of a soft spot for hate-to-love stories.
  • On the Fence by Kasie West  – YA contemporary romance by a new favorite author. Very realistic, with swoon-worthy guys all over the place (granted, most of them were brothers) and a compelling undercurrent on the importance of being yourself and not locking away unpleasant feelings.
  • The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson – YA contemporary romance that will make you melt from the awkward adorableness. There’s a bit of cringe-drama, but it’s a bit realistic and necessary for the plot to progress … and it all works out in the end, which makes everything all better in my book.
  • Roseblood by A.G. Howard – YA Fantasy Retelling of the Phantom of the Opera, with nice paranormal twists and a compelling element of mystery. Excellent story.
  • A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro – YA contemporary retelling of Sherlock Holmes with a fascinating, gripping story and intriguing characters. I love that there isn’t blatant romance between the main characters (Charlotte Holmes, a descendant of Sherlock, and James Watson, a descendant of Dr. John Watson) and instead focuses on their becoming friends. The mystery was perfect, with just enough hints for me to follow along, but not enough for me to immediately guess the culprit or their reasoning.
  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Contemporary romance – one of my two non-YA 5 star reads this month. I picked this book up because my favorite author recommended it as a perfect ‘hate-to-love’ romance … and she was right! I loved the ups and downs and sassy dialogue and unexpected twists thrown in all over the place, with laugh-out-loud moments and a great ending.
  • World of Warcraft: Illidan by William King – Fantasy/Video Game Lore –  Illidan.JPGmy second non-YA 5 star for the month. I’m a huge WoW geek, and I’ve adored almost all the Warcraft books published thus far (Thrall: Twilight of the Aspects tore me to pieces and I prefer to think it doesn’t exist) but this volume is near the top: mainly because Illidan is my absolute favorite WoW character ever. (Side note: yes, I’m in heaven with the new expansion, Legion. All hail demon hunters and Lord Illidan!!! 😀 ) While you don’t necessarily have to play the game to enjoy this book, I would recommend reading Richard A Knaak’s War of the Ancients trilogy first to better understand Illidan’s backstory.


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