Authors I Discovered This Year & Fell in Love With

Every year, I obviously read new books and with that comes many new authors! I thought that in today’s post, I would share a few of the ones that I hadn’t heard about prior to this year or haven’t ever read anything by them before, but now they are new favorite authors.

Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng is a fairly popular novel, so she may not be new to you! But, I read both Little Fires Everywhere and Everything I Never Told You this year—and I really loved both! I think I liked Little Fires Everywhere just a little bit more, but both books were such phenomenal reads. And, the Hulu show for LFE was amazing, too.

Rachel Lynn Solomon

I was gifted an ARC of Rachel’s 2020 release Today Tonight Tomorrow by Simon & Schuster, which I am so grateful for. Because of that ARC, I read one of my favorite books of the year, and I found a new incredible author. You can read my review for it here! I have now put her other books on my TBR, and I even got an ARC of her adult debut, The Ex Talk.

Brit Bennett

I will for sure be reading more from Brit Bennett in the new year. The Vanishing Half really took my breath away, and I have heard more just as many amazing things about The Mothers. The writing was just so up my alley. On top of that, it covered so many important topics surrounding race. I am really excited for more from this author.

R.F. Kuang

The Poppy War was such a great read. It was really striking and beautiful, and I am excited to read the rest of the trilogy! It is incredible to me that she wrote this book at 19, which I talked about in my ‘favorite debut books’ post. I am definitely a contemporary reader, so the fact that I included a fantasy writer in this post says a lot. I hope that convinces you to pick up the books!

Christina Lauren

I honestly can’t believe this year was my first year reading from Christina Lauren. My first book was The Unhoneymooners, and it was such a treat! My second book of theirs I read wasn’t a favorite of mine, but it was one of their earlier releases in a different genre (YA horror—The House), so I think it’s going to be an outlier. These two ladies know how to write a romance, and I do have plans to read more of their books. If you have any favorites, let me know!

Who are some authors you discovered this year for the first time? Do you have any of the same ones as me?

My Favorite Debut Books

Hello everyone! I hope you are having an amazing day. Today I want to talk about debut books. It always amazes me when I read a phenomenal book and find out that it is an author’s debut work. I thought that it would be fun to share a few of those that really stand out to me!

The Poppy War by R.F. Kuang

R.F. Kuang wrote the first draft of this book when she was 19. That is 2 years younger than I am, and I have never even completed a manuscript. This book is packed with so much history and culture, but told in an interesting and entertaining way. I was so invested in the story, and that is all due to R.F. Kuang’s writing style. I absolutely can not wait to get to the rest of the trilogy! If you have read or are planning to read this, I also highly recommend checking out Tiffany’s blog post that details the history that this book is based on because she did an excellent job breaking everything down.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

This book blew me away. It was written so well, and it told such a unique story. It was definitely unlike anything I’ve ever read, and it sticks in my mind for that reason. It has been raved about by many people over the last few months, so I’m sure you’ve already heard how amazing it is. If you haven’t yet read it, you need to!

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

This is definitely one of my favorite books of 2020. I have been raving about it for months now, and it is honestly one of my favorite YA novels ever. I actually read it during a time when I thought I was no longer interested in YA books, but this one proved me wrong. Even if I don’t relate to YA the same way I used to, this book reminded me that the genre has so much to offer and I am not done with it yet (and I probably never will be)!

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

This book is both breathtaking and heartbreaking. I don’t even have the words to describe the writing, other than saying that it was beautiful. I don’t know why, but I love sad books, and this one really brought it all. I truly hope that one day my writing can parallel Kate Russell’s in some way because I loved everything about it.

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

This is one of the cutest books ever. It was fun and entertaining, but it also had great characters and good writing. I wrote a review for this book back in January, which you can check out if you want to know more about my thoughts. I have an ARC of Emma Lord’s next release, and I can’t wait to read it and share my thoughts with you all!

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Rory Power is one of my all-time favorite authors, and it is all because of this book. Her writing and storytelling is UNMATCHED. I admire her so much as an author, and I am in awe of everything she does. I definitely want to read more dark YA books because I haven’t picked up that many. This one made me much more interested in the genre.

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

As a huge poetry fan, reading a book in verse was so intriguing to me. I’ve read a couple of others before this one, but The Poet X was the first one that I really loved. There was so much packed into this story, and it was absolutely beautiful.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Of course, this book needs to be put on this list. When I read Angie’s first novel, I was completely moved by it. Her words are so powerful and pack a punch, and it is still astonishing to me that this was her first published novel. Her second book is just as great, and I am going to be reading anything and everything she puts out for sure!

These are just a handful of the amazing debut novels I’ve read. I would love to know what some of your favorites are, so please share them in the comments!

A Guide to Jenn Bennett’s Books!

Today is the release of Jenn Bennett’s newest contemporary novel, Chasing Lucky! The release was originally scheduled for May, but got pushed back due to Covid. BUT, because of that, I did share my review with all of you quite early!

I wanted to make sure I put this one back on your radar now that it’s officially released, and I thought what better way than to make a whole guide for Jenn Bennett’s books?!

You guys know I’m a fan of all of her books, and since I’ve read quite a few of them now, I feel qualified to share this post! If you would like me to do more like this (for other authors or genres), let me know!

Where to start

Alex, Approximately: This is my personal favorite of Jenn Bennett’s, and it’s where I started with her stories! I think it’s a great way to get into her work because it’s a You’ve Got Mail retelling, so if you’re familiar with that one, this may be perfect for you. Also, it’s one of her more popular ones, so that also might make it easier to find!

  • Film references
  • Secret identities
  • Museums

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart: This is Jenn Bennett’s first standalone contemporary, so for that it’s also a great place to start if you are looking to read in publication order! Before this book, she also wrote some paranormal fantasy romances, but I haven’t read any of her earlier work, so I can’t speak for it! This is actually the most recent book of hers I’ve read, and I think it holds up well! You can definitely see improvement in her later novels, but I think this was a fantastic read that is a great example of what she has to offer!

  • Art
  • Anatomy
  • schizophrenia representation (though I can’t speak to its accuracy)

If you want a magical adventure…

The Lady Rogue: This is the only fantasy by her I’ve read, but I absolutely adored it! I’ve also written a review for this one, if you want more in-depth thoughts. Basically, it is a fun and adorable adventure story! You will get all of the witty banter and cute romance scenes that Jenn Bennett is known for but in a historical/fantasy-ish setting (there are a few fantasy elements)! This one ended up surprising me a lot and it is definitely a must-read for me!

  • Treasure hunt
  • Rescue mission
  • Slight magical twist?

If you want a cozy and warm story…

Serious Moonlight: This is the perfect book to pick up during the fall and winter seasons. I mean, just look at the cover! This one follows two characters as they go on an adventure to figure out the reason for a mystery man’s meetings at the hotel they work at. It was just such a fun and cozy book.

  • Hotel mystery
  • Seattle
  • Homeschooled main character!

If you want enemies to lovers…

Starry Eyes: This is the perfect summer read (for all of my southern hemisphere friends), but it’s also just a cute book to read all year round—especially if you want to revisit the summer! I also know that tons of people love the enemies to lovers trope (and this one is childhood friends to enemies to lovers, what could be better?)! And, I have a review for this one, too!

  • Camping trip gone wrong
  • Overthinking and over-planning main character
  • Lots of witty banter

If you want summer vibes…

Chasing Lucky: Finally, we have a super fun summery read! This is Jenn’s latest release, like I mentioned, and it comes out TODAY! I really enjoyed it for its small town vibes, lots of summer activities, and fun plot line.

  • Small town
  • Childhood best friends (to enemies? to lovers?)
  • Family owned bookstore

Have you read any of Jenn Bennett’s books? Which one is your favorite? Are you going to pick up a new one now?

Books I Don’t Recommend Enough!

I read a pretty large amount of books every year- between 50-100+ books. Obviously, I do not give all of them the same amount of love. Some books I rave about for months and months, and others I only briefly mention in a wrap up and move on from.

So, I thought I would highlight a few books that I really enjoyed, but I don’t talk too much about on here. These are not necessarily under-hyped books, though, (I’m sure you’ll recognize quite a few of them) they are just under-hyped by me!

Young Adult

By Your Side by Kasie West: I read this book a couple of years ago now, but I do remember enjoying it quite a lot! It was a really cute story, and I definitely want to read more from Kasie West in the future. Her books are ones that I’ve been meaning to pick up for quite a while now, as I’ve only read this one, but I’ve heard great things about her other ones.

Adult

My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan: This book completely took me by surprise. I was expecting a fun romance that takes place in London (what better thing to read about?) and while it definitely was that, it was so much more. It was such a complex and heartbreaking story, and I loved it so so much. I would highly recommend giving this a try if you want to read a romance with a lot of depth.

Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert: Speaking of romances, I absolutely ADORED this book by Talia Hibbert. It was just so well written, and I can not wait to continue on with the series (hopefully I will get to it ASAP).

Poetry

Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer: I haven’t been sharing a lot of poetry with you all recently because I just truthfully haven’t been reading as much of it. So, I definitely wanted to make sure I included some on this list, starting with an amazing collection that I read last year. It was really beautifully written, and it left me feeling so inspired. I need to read all of Trista’s other work because this collection was incredible. Also, their Instagram feed is SO amazing, so go check that out as well!

What We Buried by Caitlyn Siehl: This is one of the best collections I’ve ever read because it was exactly how I’ve always wanted to write. Caitlyn wrote such beautiful lines, had such amazing imagery, and packed in a lot into a short book. It is such a fast read, so I definitely think it’s worth giving a try, especially if you want to get more into poetry.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! What are some books you’ve read and loved but don’t talk about often? I’d love to get some recs!

Spooky Book Recommendations (Pt. 2)

Hello! Last year around this time, I shared a list of thriller recommendations with you all. Over the last year, I feel like I’ve read quite a few new ones, so I want to share them with you (and the ones I didn’t mention in the last post).

Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

This is my most recent gothic/horror read, and it was phenomenal! This book was so atmospheric—it takes place in Mexico in a small, rural town in a mansion called High Place. It had such stunning prose, and the plot was unpredictable (exactly what I’m looking for in a book like this). I highly recommend checking it out!

When No One is Watching by Alyssa Cole

I read this book recently as well, and it completely took me by surprise. I had seen a lot of people talking about this novel, so I was really interested in reading it. I was able to get the audiobook from Libro.fm, and I listened to it in a matter of days. The beginning was a bit slower paced, as we learned about characters and the backstory. But the last 50-75 pages were a RIDE, and it went in directions I never would have guessed. It’s definitely not your typical mystery, but it is good!

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This is a retelling of The Turn of the Screw (see next rec), but in a modern setting: a smart home. It was super creepy, and it actually gave me goosebumps at times. I think it is such a phenomenal read, and I’m looking forward to reading more by Ruth Ware because I know I’ll enjoy her books!

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

So yes, I put a retelling of this story on this list as well as the original and that’s because I think they are both such good reads!! I read this book as part of a collection of other short stories by Henry James, but this one was one of the only ones I really enjoyed. It was so eerie and interesting. AND The Haunting of Bly Manor comes out on Netflix TOMORROW. If you don’t know, it is the second season of The Haunting of Hill House, but it’s basically a completely new story (sort of how each season of American Horror Story works). I am so so excited to watch!

The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter

This was my first Karin Slaughter and it did not disappoint! I listened to the audiobook, and it was really well done. It was an intricate story that focused a lot on the characters, which I appreciated. I definitely want to read more of Karin Slaughter’s books—if you have any favorites, let me know!

What are some of your favorite spooky reads? I have so many on my TBR that I’m dying to get to—I’d love to read your favorite!

My Favorite Series

I have always preferred standalone novels over series, and I don’t think that will ever change. But, of course, that doesn’t mean that every so often I won’t pick up a series and fall in love with it. Even when looking at my favorite series, they are only 3-4 books long! Anything longer than that really intimidates me, if I’m being honest!

Today, I’m going to share my five favorite series with you all!

The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

This is one of a couple of books that got me back into reading in middle school. I was always a reader growing up, but around 6th and 7th grade, I got swept up in what was considered “cool” or not, so I wasn’t reading as much.

In 8th grade, I picked up this book because I knew the movie was going to be coming out soon, and I fell in love! I recently did a re-read of the entire series as well, and it is still a favorite of mine. Actually, the day this blog post goes up is the day of the release of A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes. I probably won’t be getting to it for a while, but I am excited to read it!

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before trilogy by Jenny Han

This series came to me my freshman year of high school. I remember asking for it for Christmas, probably after seeing it in a magazine or online somewhere. I fell in love immediately, and I was soon able to read the second book!

This series followed me all the way up until now (with the movies coming out), but it really was the series I needed to read in my early teen years. I have such fond memories of it, and it will always have a place in my heart.

The Diviners by Libba Bray

This is a series I actually just read recently, but I love all of the characters in it so much. This is the only series on this list that I haven’t completed yet, but I feel like that’s okay because the final book just came out a few months ago and I’m still waiting for my hold to come in from the library.

I really fell in love with these characters and the setting that Libba Bray put this story in. It was such a delight to read about, and I can not wait to finally get to the last book! I just honestly can’t believe I put off this series for so long.

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

This series surprised me in many ways. I really wasn’t expecting to love it, as I don’t tend to enjoy YA mysteries as much as Adult ones. BUT, I really, really ended up loving it! The main character, Stevie, was so interesting, and the murder we learn about was fascinating.

I honestly did not know where the story was headed for the majority of it. It completely pulled me in and left me surprised! I think it was very well thought out, and I hope I’ll be able to find another mystery like it one day.

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

When I first read book one of this trilogy, I fell in love. I wasn’t a big fantasy reader then (nor am I now, but I’m definitely more versed in it), so I was shocked to find a book that I enjoyed so much in this genre.

I will admit, the last book in the series was my least favorite, but I still really enjoyed the overall atmosphere of all of the stories. They were all just so magical and fun! I didn’t want my time in the world to ever end!

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There are plenty of other series that will probably make this list one day, but I tried to limit this to series that I’ve completed (or basically completed).

So, tell me what some of your favorite series are so that I can add some more to my TBR :)

Jessica

Top 7 Books With Mental Health Representation

May is mental health awareness month, and this is a topic that is so important to me. In the past, I have helped run (and participated in) a mental health book bingo, I have done many posts dedicated to this topic, and I constantly look for new books to read with MI rep. I am someone who has dealt with anxiety and OCD my entire life, so it is definitely something I relate to, and I think good representation in books is extremely necessary.

Today, I wanted to share with you my top 7 favorite books with good* mental health representation (sorry, I couldn’t narrow it down to 5).

*Everyone experiences MI differently, so what may be an accurate representation for me might not be the same experience you’ve had. Please be kind and keep an open mind.

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

First off, I highly recommend listening to the audiobook of this one because it is incredible! This book has the BEST anxiety/OCD rep I have ever seen. I truly mean that. When I first read it, I was in so much awe of how well crafted the main character, Aza’s, thought spirals were. They so accurately depicted what I was feeling. I will say this one doesn’t have the best plot ever, but if you are looking for good representation, that is exactly what you’ll get.

It is very difficult to read, though, so please keep that in mind!

TW: anxiety, OCD, thought spirals/panic attacks

Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

I just recently finished reading this entire series, and let me just say- it is SO GOOD. What I love about the representation in this one is that the main character, Stevie, has anxiety and takes medication for it. We don’t often get books where MI is normalized, let alone have medication be normalized. I really appreciate that this book did that, and I think this is so important to see in YA novels.

TW: panic attacks, murder

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

This book is so beautiful. I adore Akemi Dawn Bowman’s writing, and Starfish was such a  great novel. This one does such a great job of representing anxiety. Kiko, our main character, is so well-written and throughout the novel, her character really develops. I love seeing how Kiko progresses and overcomes her anxiety (obviously it never fully goes away, but she learns how to live with it).

TW: rape, sexual assault, abusive parent

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

I think oftentimes, books don’t really show just how much school affects teenager’s mental health. We all know that school can really cause stress and anxiety, but this never get represented. When I read this book, I felt so seen. I think it’s so important to acknowledge just how much pressure there is on students because adults often neglect it.

Four Weeks, Five People by Jennifer Yu

This book was actually recommended to me by Emma from Emmmabooks, and I had never heard of it prior to her suggestion. I’m so glad I picked it up, though, because it was incredible! I talked about it more in-depth in a post I did where I read 5 books with OCD/Anxiety Rep!

TW: depression, OCD, anorexia, suicide/self harm, narcissistic personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, panic attacks

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

This one is one I’ve talked about many times, but it was the first book I read with OCD representation, and it was the first time I felt seen in a book. I related to the main character so much, and this book has stuck in my mind for years. I definitely give this book credit for bringing me out of a bad place, so it means so much to me. It also has a really good twist at the end, so if you want a shocking book, I recommend it a lot!

Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow

This book is very dark and it deals with very difficult themes. It made me cry. A lot. But I think it is so important. This book follows a main character who was in a treatment facility after struggling with depression and PTSD, I believe (I may be wrong about this, I can’t really remember so please let me know). It was really well-written, and I think it is worth reading!

TW: suicide, self-harm, alcohol abuse, sexual assault, rape, PTSD

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If you are looking for even more recommendations, Marie recently shared her top 5, so I highly recommend checking her post out!

Also, if you have any recommendations of your own, please share them with me- I want to find more novels to add to my list!

Jessica

Let’s Talk Underrated Books

I’ve read a lot of books throughout my twenty years. While many of those books are considered “popular,” there are about just as many underrated ones that I haven’t seen many people talk about.

I am someone who will definitely succumb to the hype, but I want to get better at picking books up just because they interest me, not because everyone is talking about them.

Today, I thought I would talk to you all about my favorite underrated books, so maybe you can add some to your TBR!

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Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

This is the only book on the list that has over 3,000 ratings on Goodreads (but not by much), and it did receive a bit of hype, but not to the extent that it deserves. This was such an adorable read. It was quirky, it was cute, it was fun. It was one of the best YA romances I’ve read in a while.

On top of its fluffy-ness, it also tackles many serious topics as well. I think that more people should pick this one up; it is definitely worth it!

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100 Days of Sunlight by Abbie Emmons

This a self-published book that came out last year that I had the chance to read and review an ARC of. Most people are hesitant when it comes to picking up indie books, but there are so many great ones out there that you can be missing out on!

Abbie Emmons is also a Youtuber, and I have been watching her videos for a couple of years now. She has such a great, bubbly personality, and she really does understand the craft of writing. Plus, the cover of this book is stunning.

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You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman

This book spoke to me in so many ways. It deals with the stress of senior year, of keeping up your grades, of applying to colleges, etc. It was so relatable, and I truly did connect with it.

I have not seen many people talking about this one, though. I do wish that more people would read it because I think it’s such an important read, especially for those who are in their senior year of high school or are about to be.

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The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Hi, my name is Jess and I am part of the Jenn Bennett fan club. I know I talk about Jenn Bennet in like 98% of my posts, but it’s because her books are just. that. good. Look, I would not be recommending them so often if I didn’t wholeheartedly believe that everyone should read them.

The Lady Rogue is her latest release, and it is actually a historical fiction book (with a bit of a paranormal twist). I am not usually a fan of this genre, but Jenn Bennett did it so well. Her characters were so fun and well-developed, the romance was adorable, and the story did not drag on in any way. No one on my timeline has talked about this book, so I am bringing it to you!

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What are some books you think deserve more love and attention? I want to add them to my TBR, so please leave a comment :)

Jessica

My Favorite Audiobooks

In 2016, I discovered audiobooks, and ever since then, they have been a big part of my reading life.

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The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This was one of the very first audiobooks I ever listened to, and the experience was just so wonderful. I have such great memories of driving to school in the mornings in high school and listening to this story.

This was so great on audiobook because I feel like listening to the story made it so much more powerful. I could feel all of Starr’s emotions when she spoke. The narrator did an amazing job, and I’m happy that I chose the audiobook for my first read of this.

Overall, if you haven’t read this book yet, I highly recommend it, no matter what form you read it in!

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Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

This was also one of the first audiobooks I ever listened to. I believe I got both this one and The Hate U Give with my first two audible credits that I got for free! I really, really loved this audiobook. It gave me chills to listen to it. The story is about a girl named Aza who suffers from OCD.

Throughout the story, she has these thought spirals, and listening to it made it feel like her thoughts were my own. I felt so much closer to the story because of it.

How to Make Friends with the Dark

How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

This is actually the audiobook I just recently finished listening to. The story was so good, and the audiobook was great. Once again, I felt like I was in the story with the characters. I think that darker, harder-to-read stories are great as audiobooks because you can better feel the emotions of the characters- the voice actors really do an amazing job at that.

 

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Becoming by Michelle Obama

This is Michelle Obama’s memoir, and she actually narrates it herself. Hearing her tell her story through her own words and voice made it so much more important to me. She just has such a great voice, and it was almost soothing to listen to it. I have always loved Michelle, but this book really solidified my love for her.

 

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Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Of course, Daisy Jones has to be on this list. First of all, it’s a full-cast audiobook, so each character gets their own voice actor. Plus, they all play their parts so well. I really felt like I was listening to a real band share their experiences.

This was one of my favorite books of the year in 2019, and I even listened to the audiobook twice because it was so good. I definitely think it earns a spot as my favorite audiobook of all time.

 

Honorable Mentions:

  • A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab
  • The Woman in the Window by A.J. Finn
  • Furyborn by Claire Legrand
  • Sadie by Courtney Summers

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What are some audiobooks you like? Let me know so I can add them to my TBR (multiple narrators are a plus!).

Jessica

If You Like This TV Show, You’ll Like This Book / Blogtober Day 24

Hello! I’ve had this blog post idea for a long time because it was a popular Booktube trend. I think it’s so fun to watch, so I’m putting it in blog form!

A lot of these pairings were chosen not because the plot lines are similar, or the entire story is the same. I chose them because they either have a similar vibe or both involve the same kind of trope/element, so keep that in mind!

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Gilmore Girls – Truly Devious by Maureen Johnson

Ok, hear me out on this one. The atmosphere of both the book and the tv show just seem like a perfect fit for me. When I think of Gilmore Girls, I think of cozy, fall, and school. Rory reminds me a lot of Truly Devious’ main character, Stevie. Ellingham Academy is a school for only the brightest students, much like Chilton is a school for the elite in Gilmore Girls. Obviously, there is no murder mystery involved in Gilmore Girls, but I do think Truly Devious is a cozy book to read in the fall time, and in between chapters, you can watch some reruns of Gilmore Girls!

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Bonus- If you love Gilmore Girls, I HIGHLY recommend reading Lauren Graham’s (who plays Lorelai) memoir Talking As Fast As I Can. The audiobook is narrated by her, and it made me feel like I was back in Stars Hollow. She tells a lot of stories about the show, too. Very enjoyable.

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Scandal – The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

I always try to stay informed on the latest news and political drama. I absolutely LOVE the show Scandal. It can be a bit too dramatic at times, but it was entertaining and interesting. The Unexpected Everything is about a girl whose dad is a governor (or mayor? something like that), so we’re not exactly at the same playing field here (Scandal is about the President of the US). But, both still involve a SCANDAL–haha, get it?–so I think they’re comparable. There is also romance in both, and plenty of drama.

I feel like The Unexpected Everything is the PG-13 version of scandal.

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Switched at Birth- With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

I feel like Daphne from Switched at Birth has a similar personality (and interests) to Emoni in With the Fire on High. Both are super fierce, intelligent, and love to cook! Daphne was raised by a Puerto Rican mother, but her biological parents are white. Emoni is afro-latinx, so they also have that in common. I just loved both of these characters so much, and I can totally see them being friends because of how close they are in personality.

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House of Anubis- Sanctuary Bay by Laura J. Burns

I love stories about creepy boarding schools. That’s what you get in both of these. I know, I’m really bringing it back with House of Anubis, but I feel like there aren’t that many shows about creepy boarding schools. Luckily, there are plenty of books to fill that void in my life! If you like that creepy school-vibe, both of these will give that to you!

Sanctuary Bay is also super underrated, and I think more people should pick it up! I got it off of BookOutlet on a whim one time, but I was so surprised by it. I need to do a re-read.

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How To Get Away With Murder – And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie

This one might seem like a bit of a stretch, but both involve murder (and getting away with it). If you are into murder mysteries, you will love And Then There Were None. I honestly wasn’t able to guess the murderer, so it was definitely a great plot twist for me! How to Get Away With Murder is exactly as the title suggests- it’s about a group of law students who try to get away with murder!

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If you’ve seen any of these tv shows and read the books, let me know what you thought of my pairings! I know they are not super straightforward, but I personally can see the connections between them! They make sense in my mind at least.

Thanks for reading. Bye!

Jessica