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Contemporary January Recommendations – Mystery Edition

Hi, lovelies. Sadly, I am here with my last recommendation post for this Contemporary January that has just gone by too fast. I’m going to separate this week’s recommendations into adult and young adult books. These will be a mix of mystery and thrillers that I really enjoyed.

Check out Alana’s post here.

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Adult Mystery

The Lying Game by Ruth Ware
Full of twists and turns and never really sure where the story is going, you won’t be able to put it down until the final pages.

Stephanie Plum Series by Janet Evanovich
Forever one of my favorite adult series. Stephanie is always getting into some sort of trouble. Blowing up cars, going missing. And the men, swoonworthy!

The Chemist by Stephanie Meyer
This is one that even my husband loves and he’s not much of a reader.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green
You need to stop what you’re doing and go read this book right now.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarity
My first Liane Moriarty book and it sure was a good one. Never really knowing what was really going on until the last page.

Young Adult Mystery

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
A cute summery mystery full of questions and suspense.

Sadie by Courtney Summers
One of the best audiobooks I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. The story was incredible and so were the narrators.

Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl
This was one that caught my eye because of the cover, but the pages inside were just as beautiful.

The Wicked Deep by Shea Ernshaw
A very atmospheric and suspenseful summertime read.

Jane Unlimited by Kristen Cashore
A book that leaves you with questions right up until the end of the book before revealing its secrets. This story sure was a wild ride.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson
One of my absolute favorite mysteries. With all sorts of side plots going on, I couldn’t put it down until the end. The cover is freaking beautiful too which doesn’t hurt.

These are some of my favorite mysteries and thrillers. Let me know if you enjoyed any of these too! Tell me your favorites in the comments!

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 – 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.

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 – Romance Edition

Hi, lovelies! In my announcement post for Contemporary January (read here) I mentioned that I would be coming with recommendations all month long! Some of these are favorites of mine and some of them are just books I liked for a quick fun read. This is going to be the first of four recommendation posts and I’m starting with romance because it’s an easy one for me because there are so many choices!

Check out Alana’s recommendations here!

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Adult Romance

The Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts & The Bride Quartet by Nora Roberts
These are my two favorite series by Nora Roberts, though I’ve never read anything by her that I didn’t like, so really you could pick up any of her books and be happy. But these are my two favorites.

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
Anything that Susan Elizabeth Phillips writes is a good choice. Her romance novels are fun and quick to read and I’m never disappointed.

The Agreneau’s by Lynsay Sands
It wouldn’t be right if I didn’t include at least one sort of vampire romance on this list. Sands writes the Argeneau series and I love the twist she puts on the traditional vampire trope.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid
Who hasn’t heard of this book at this point? It’s excited and full of drama and diversity. I’ve heard great things about Reid’s other books too, but haven’t picked one up yet.

The Bridgertons by Julia Quinn
For those that love historical romances this series is set in the early 1800s and full of drama, romance, and a bit of smut.

Rose Gardner Mysteries by Denise Grover Swank
I love this series. Rose grows so much in the series and I just enjoyed every page of this series. Plus, she can see the future.

Young Adult Romance

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks
Would this even be a romance recommendations list without Nicholas Sparks?

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
How can you not love Simon? This book was so great.

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Teenage romance with a bit of a mystery thrown in. I loved it. The movie was okay too.

One Small Thing by Erin Watt
The main character is dealing with the loss of her sister and somehow manages to find comfort in the one that caused her sisters death. It was compelling and sweet at the same time.

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
I love this book. The characters. The mystery. The interesting family dynamic. Read it. Love it. That is all.

Meant to Be Broken by Brandy Woods Snow
With a bit of a taboo romance, I could not put this book down until I got to the last pages. I was rewarded with so much more than I expected from it.

These are just a few of the ones I’ve read the most recently and really enjoyed. So I hope you will enjoy them too! Have you read any of these? What books are on your romance recommendation list!

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.

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Blogmas Day Sixteen – BookTube Edition

So, we talked about my favorite bloggers now we need to talk about my favorite BookTuber’s. I’m going to recommend some people that make me laugh, some that I love their recommendations, some that talk about stuff other than books, some big BookTubers and some small Booktubers.

Alexandra Roselyn – Adorable and funny. Her videos are always so well done!

Brittany the Bibliophile – I love her book talks,  her hauls, wrap-ups, and rambling reading vlogs. She’s just relatable and entertaining and we have such similar taste in books!

Chandler Ainsley – Even though she hates pretty much everything I love, she’s so funny and in your face. Her bookbangs are my favorite.

Hailey in Bookland – Writing vlogs, reading vlogs, forever behind on new releases. I love her videos. Her NaNoWriMo vlogs get me so motivated.

Is That Chami – A little ball of Australian sass. I love her videos. They’re all so different and fun.

Jesse the Reader – Jesse is the best. He loves all the same books that I do and makes super interesting and different videos. I’m always super excited when he posts a new video.

Little Book Owl – I love Caz. Her videos are all great. I just love everything about her channel. Especially when she does collabs with the next BookTuber on the list.

Piera Ford – She was the first BookTuber that I really really enjoyed. I love her videos. Her intro is the cutest too.

PolandBananasBOOKS – Christine is hilarious. She talks about books and movies and other whatnots. She just wrote a book too!

Sophiesticated Books – Sophie is an incredible BookTuber. She’s so well spoken and put together for someone so young. Her videos are awesome, even when she’s hating on books I love.

Thoughts on Tomes – Sam created the wonderful Tome Topple reading challenge. Her videos are great, especially her gushes and rants.

yerabooknerdzoe – I just found Zoe, but I love the videos I’ve seen so far. She’s funny and edits her videos super creatively. She’s always doing different things to keep her videos interesting.

These are some of my favorite BookTubers. Is there any you love and think are someone I must watch?

Keep on reading lovelies, Amanda.