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Contemporary January Recommendations – Magical Edition

Hi, lovelies! We’re halfway through Contemporary January already! So many books to be read and so many recommendations to be made. This week we are talking about two topics that I couldn’t find enough to give them lists of their own so I will be including them in one post together for their recommendations as well as their TBR list.

Check out Alana’s recommendations this week here.

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Retellings

Splintered by A.G. Howard
An Alice in Wonderland retelling. I loved this trilogy. It was so fun and twisty.

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith
A classic, but with zombies. What could go wrong?

Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe by Melissa de la Cruz
This was a fun cutesy romance retelling set in modern times.

Timeless Fairy Tales by K.M. Shea
This series is one I found on Kindle Unlimited. Its a whole series of retellings from The Beauty and the Beast to the Twelve Dancing Princess. They’re fun and quick to read.

Quincey Wolf’s Glass Vault by Candice Robinson
A twisted modern story that features fairytale characters here and there.

Magical Realism

The Shack by William Paul Young
A story that blew me away. I’ve loved all the books I’ve read by this author.

Teardrop by Lauren Kate
A story about a girl that can’t cry? Count me in.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
If you haven’t heard of the Night Circus then what rock have you been living under?

These are just some of the books I really enjoyed that fall under the category of magical realism or a retelling. What retellings do you love? Which books with magical realism are on your favorites list?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ContemporaryJanuary and tag me & Alana if you’re joining in! You can find me on Twitter, Instagram and/or GoodReads to keep up to date with any announcements and see what I’m reading!

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Contemporary January Recommendations – Realistic Fiction Edition

Hi, lovelies! I’m back again to share with you some more bookish recommendations, one of my favorite things to do of course. This week we are continuing on with Contemporary January, click the link if you’re not sure what that is. Our genre for this week is realistic fiction. There are so many great books for this one but I’m going to do my best to only mention my favorites.

Check out Alana’s recommendations here!

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Looking for Alaska John Green
My favorite book of all time. This story talks about grief and loss and found its way to me at a time in my life when I needed it the most.

Identical by Ellen Hopkins
This is one of my favorite books by Hopkins, but really I suggest reading any and all of her books. This story talks about drug use and abuse, family issues and it blew me away.

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
I thought this story was so unique as it follows the main character as she gets her novel published, but it also alternates between her story and the story she wrote. Westerfeld is an incredible author and this book is evidence of that.

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira
Laurel writes letters to various dead people, mostly famous musicians, as she tries to deal with the loss of her sister and beginning high school at the same time. I’ve read this book countless times and you should too.

A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Despite the drama with this book/author, I will always love this book. It was one of the first stories I read about addiction and it really stuck with me.

A Very Large Expanse of Sea by Tahereh Mafi
A story that will make you think outside of the box that you live within for sure. As someone that has never experienced the things Shirin has, this was a thought-provoking and interesting story that provided the pleasure of some romance too.

Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn
This story was hard-hitting​ but also has some sentimental value to me. My brother showed me this book after he had to read it in high school. I read it shortly after he did and several more times since then. It’s a story of love and abuse and how the two can be dangerous together.

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman
I’m almost mad at myself for how long I slept on this book. I listened to the audiobook and it just made the story that much better. With the pirate accents and the powerful story, I recommend this to anyone looking for books about mental health.

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
This is a book​ I picked up when I was getting back into blogging after moving across the country twice and finally settling down and being able to buy books again. It was exactly what I wanted from it. A story about a girl that struggles with self-harm​ and drug abuse, I flew through this book.

The Chaos of Standing Still by Jessica Brody
The perfect holiday romance. Dealing with grief and survivors guilt this book was so much more than I expected. I read this during a 24hour readathon and I’m so happy to have read it.

Puddin’ by Julie Murphy
The underrated companion novel of Dumplin’. This book was so much better than the first and I hope that it also gets its own movie.

Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake
Alana sent me this one as a Christmas gift off of my wishlist and I’m so freaking glad she did. It was my first read of 2019 and I’m so glad it was. I cannot sing it’s praises enough.

How She Died, How I Lived by Mary Crockett
This was another recommendation from Alana and I’m glad for it. It brought ideas and conversations to the table that I wouldn’t have otherwise thought about. It was thought-provoking and hard-hitting for sure.

These are just a handful of the books I could recommend. They are the best of the best that I’ve read. Some I’ve read more recently and others I read years ago. All excellent choices and books I suggest reading as soon as possible. What books that fit the realistic fiction genre would you recommend?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Top Ten Tuesday

Amanda’s Top Ten Tuesday – Books I Recommend Most


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly post where we talk about our top ten. This weeks topic is our Top Ten books that we would recommend most. This is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

1. Looking for Alaska by John Green – I recommend this book not only because it’s my favorite book, but because it’s thought provoking, interesting, slightly mysterious, and will have you laughing as well as crying and maybe even on the same page.

2. The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout – These are on my list because they’re the no sleep, no eating, skip work and school, forget to pick your kids up kind of good. They have a great female lead character and a relatively unique story line.

3. The Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich – This series has nineteen books out with twenty coming out sometime this year, but they don’t have to be read in order. These should be read because you’ll laugh to the point of tears at the situations the main character gets herself into. They’re great books to read if you’re in the mood for a funny book.

4. Burned by Ellen Hopkins – Hopkins writes about things that most people won’t talk about. She writes about serious issues in fictional story lines. These books make you thing about so many things but you can’t help but keep reading.

5. Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman – I recommend these to anyone that enjoys books with a strong female lead. These two books were amazing. I couldn’t put them down until I was finished reading.

6. The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks – This is another one of my favorites and I’m recommending it because of that. I enjoyed this book very much, to the point where I’ve read it several times. And all I’m saying is that you should do the same.

7. Any of the books written by Susan Elizabeth Phillips – Her romance novels are so easy to get lost in. They’re usually all around fun and enjoyable books. Lots of laughs and some great story lines.

8. The Fault in our Stars by John Green – I’m slightly obsessed with John Green. The Fault in our Stars is my second favorite book. And I suggest it because even my third time reading it I laughed and I cried and I thought about things I never considered thinking about before reading this.

9. Women’s Murder Club Series by James Patterson – I have read most of this series and have decided to re-read them. The four main characters are very strong women. I love these because throughout the books I feel like I gain such a strong bond with these ladies, even though they’re not actually real people.

10. The Bridgerton Series by Julia Quinn – I recommend this series because the first book just sucks you in then each book after you get to learn about the other siblings. With each next book you get to hear the stories of one more sibling until there aren’t any left and they’re all happily married. I just love these books, and that means you should too.

Keep on reading lovelys, Amanda.