My Favorite Audiobooks

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

the hate u give

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!

turtles all the way down

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.

 

Becoming

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.

 

daisy jones and the six

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 We Were Villains by M.L. Rio / Review

I am so excited to talk about this book to you guys! I did not expect to love it as much as I did, but it is definitely one of my favorite books now.

That book is If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio. It has been on my TBR for a really long time, and just the fact that I finally read it is an accomplishment in itself.

But, the reason I’m so happy I enjoyed it is because I recently read The Secret History by Donna Tart, and that book only got about 3 stars from me. I really thought I was going to love that book, but it let me down big time. If We Were Villains was constantly being compared to TSH, so I was really worried about reading it. Luckily, it exceeded my expectations!

First, a Goodreads Synopsis:

Oliver Marks has just served ten years in jail – for a murder he may or may not have committed. On the day he’s released, he’s greeted by the man who put him in prison. Detective Colborne is retiring, but before he does, he wants to know what really happened a decade ago.

As one of seven young actors studying Shakespeare at an elite arts college, Oliver and his friends play the same roles onstage and off: hero, villain, tyrant, temptress, ingenue, extra. But when the casting changes, and the secondary characters usurp the stars, the plays spill dangerously over into life, and one of them is found dead. The rest face their greatest acting challenge yet: convincing the police, and themselves, that they are blameless.

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Review:

Ok, let me start out by once again saying this book is like The Secret History. But, it was fast-paced in my opinion, the writing was better, and I liked the characters more. It definitely made me realize I really do like dark academia. It was honestly just such a beautifully written and interesting book.

Every character was so unique and I wanted to keep reading more about them, even the ones who were unlikeable. I did have trouble keeping up with all of the names at first, but once the story got going, you can clearly see their differences and you can figure it out easily.

Also, I am not a huge Shakespeare fan, but the references were all just so perfect and fit with the pretentiousness of each other characters. It actually made me want to pick up Shakespeare, which is not something I thought I would ever say.

As far as the plot- it was SO. DRAMATIC. And I mean that in the best way possible. It sort of reminded me a bit of The Great Gatsby, which is a book I love! Also, the ending was INSANE. I was able to predict some of it, but not all. It left me satisfied, even though it was very shocking.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to my mystery/thriller loving friends! It was just very well done and it was definitely my favorite read of the first month of the year.

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Have you read this book before? What were your thoughts on it? Let me know in the comments, and please recommend me similar titles!

Jessica

February 2020 BuJo Setup

Can you believe I’m actually being a consistent human being for once and I’m posting my February bullet journal spread? Me either.

But I’m doing it.

My bullet journal setup for this month is pretty similar to last month’s if I’m being honest. All I simply did was tweak a few of the pages that were not working for me last month, and I kept the ones that were.

I’m hoping to get more creative with my spreads in the future, but for now, I’m really just working on practicality and ease.

The first two pages of my spread are a little monthly overview. On the left-hand side, I have a section for my goals for the month (which I did not write in yet because I had not decided them when I made the spread).

On the bottom, I have room for my TBR, which I have actually already posted on the blog, so check that out if you’re interested! Then, on the right side of the page, I created a calendar so that I can have a monthly view. I use this mainly to track blog posts that are going up, as well as big events or birthdays!

Moving on, I have a spread for my habit tracking. Last month, I made individual blank calendars for each habit I wanted to track, but I really did not like that method. I know it’s pretty common in the bujo community, but for me, it was just very confusing.

Instead, for this month I created one “spreadsheet-style” spread to use. This was I can clearly see each day marked, and I can track even more habits. I think this method will be much more effective for me to use, so I’m excited about it!

On the other side, I have an expense tracker. I am working really hard on budgeting this year and getting my finances is order. I am going to be attempting a “no buy” month for February because January’s was not successful (mainly due to illness + school stuff, so I had to spend more money than I would have liked).

February BuJo 2020

Finally, we have my weekly spreads! This month is pretty similar to last month’s as well, as far as the horizontal layout goes. But, I do feel like I have more room to write under each day this time around, so I’m liking that a little more.

In the next month, I probably want to experiment with a vertical layout instead, but for now, this is something that worked for me, so why change it?

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Leave a link to any bullet journal posts you’ve done, if any, because I am always looking for inspiration! If you liked this post, definitely let me know. I’m not sure if I will continue posting these monthly, but I am having fun creating them, so if you want them, I’ll do them!

See you soon.

Jessica

February 2020 TBR

A new month means it’s time for a new TBR post! Last month was the first time I successfully created a TBR and fully stuck to it. I was always the type of person who claimed I was a mood reader (and I do still consider myself one). BUT, now I know that I can follow a TBR if I put my mind to it, too.

I’m hoping to be able to stick to my TBR once again, so here are the 5 books I hope to read!

Beholding Bee by Kimberly Newton Fusco

As I’m sure you all know (because I talk about this way too often), I am trying to read as many of my backlist books as possible. Actually, I’m also taking part in the #Pondathon created by CW, and as part of Team Gen, our goal is to read backlist books! That is why almost all of these books are backlist- gotta get those points for my team!

This is a book I bought almost 4 years ago at this point. I’m ashamed that I have not yet read it, but hopefully, this will be the month!

The Diviners by Libba Bray

Oh, I am so excited about this one. I have a fear of big books, which is pretty much the only reason I’ve put this one off. But I just know that I will love it so much. The fourth book in this series came out TODAY, so it would be cool to be able to read this entire series this year. I’m not promising that it will happen, but it is definitely a possibility!

Someday, Someday Maybe by Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham is one of my favorite people on this planet. She’s so funny, down to earth, and a great writer. I’ve read her memoir as well as a speech she made for a high school graduation. Both were phenomenal.

I’m very interested to see how her nonfiction writing translates into a fiction novel.

My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

This book was originally supposed to come out in January by publication got pushed back to March. This is good for me because now I actually have time to read it before release. I have seen some early reviews about this one, and almost all were positive.

I have heard that this is a dark book, but that is a genre/category I do like to read. I have pretty high expectations for this one!

A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert

Each month I am also reading a book that I pick from my e-book TBR jar. This month’s pick is A Girl Like Her by Talia Hibbert! I have read one other Talia Hibbert book and it was really great! It should be a fairly quick read. Plus, it’ll be the perfect book to read in between classes.

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What do you think of the books on my TBR for this month? Let me know in the comments if you’ve read any of them and what your thoughts were!

See you soon!

Jessica

January 2020 Wrap-Up / Starting Off the Year Strong!

The first month of the year is pretty much OVER. January actually felt like a really long month for me, personally. So many things happened, but, overall, it was a really great month.

Let’s take a look at my month in review!

📚On Books:

I read 8 books this month, which I am very happy with! I read all 5 books that were on my TBR for this month (which I am extremely proud of- I don’t think I’ve ever done this before).

Also, I had a really great reading month in terms of star ratings- most books were 4 or 5-star reads!

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🔐On Life:

  • I wanted to try to get back into some non-reading related hobbies this year. Of course, I will continue reading, blogging, and writing, but I do want to be a more well-rounded person, so I started working out and running again. This has honestly done wonders for my mental health. I feel great every time I get to the gym.
  • I also started baking more! I’m back at school now, so baking isn’t something I can do unless I’m at home, but I had so much fun trying new recipes and working from scratch to create delicious (and healthy) treats. I posted about the desserts I made on my Instagram stories, so be sure to follow me on there to see more!
  • I attended a wedding this month with half of my family, and it was so much fun. Some of my family members from Poland even flew in, some of which I haven’t seen in YEARS, so that was so nice.
  • Finally, I started the Spring semester of my sophomore year of college. It’s crazy to think that I’m almost halfway done with my undergraduate experience.

📝On Goals:

  • Workout 15 times ✔︎
    • I actually worked out EVERY SINGLE DAY of the month! I was not aiming to do this, but I actually wanted to work out every day, so it just sort of… happened. Some days were much lighter (just yoga, a short run, etc.), so I never felt exhausted or overworked. Will I continue to workout daily forever? No. But it was cool to be able to do so for at least one month!
  • Start writing again ✔︎✘
    • I did write a few things. A couple of poems, a few lines of a WIP. But, my goal was really to start writing consistently again, which is something I did not do. Next month I want to figure out a more structured schedule for myself to write, but it’s hard with school and work.
  • hit 975 blog followers ✔︎
    • Thank you so much to everyone who has followed me this past month! I have been working hard on my posts, so it means a lot to see that people actually notice and want to follow. I’m so close to 1000 followers now!! That is so cool!!
  • read 5 books ✔︎
    • As you already know, I read 8 books. YAY!
  • meditate twice a week ✔︎
    • Another one of my 2020 goals is to meditate more. I wanted to start January off with just twice a month, and so far, I have accomplished that! I might increase this goal next month, but I don’t want to put too much pressure on myself with this.

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Tell me about your month and how it went for you! Also, let me know if you’ve read any of these books and what your thoughts were on them :) See you soon!

Jessica

Backlist Books I Need to Read!

Hello everyone! Today’s post is sort of my late 2020 TBR. If you’ve seen my Reading Goals post, you know that I am trying to read (mostly) all of the unread books on my shelves. Therefore, I have a ton of backlist books to read.

Today, I thought I would share 10 of those with you all. Please let me know if you’ve read any and what your thoughts were!

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird is one of my favorite books of all time. How is it even possible that I have not yet read the sequel? If I’m being honest, I’m scared to. I don’t want it to taint my love for TKAM in any way, and I’m worried my expectations won’t be met. But, I own TWO copies of this book, so I definitely need to read it- and soon.

The Anatomical Shape of a Heart by Jenn Bennett

Again, Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite authors. I can’t believe I still haven’t read this one considering it’s been on tons of my monthly TBRs. I will get to it this year, and hopefully soon. I know I will love it just as much as her other books. I don’t know what’s holding me back from this one.

An Unkindness of Magicians by Kat Howard

I don’t have many fantasy novels on this list, but this is one I am really excited to read. I love books featuring magicians, and this one has a lot of good reviews, so I’m confident that I will love it.

Something Like Gravity by Amber Smith

This one initially drew me in because of its beautiful cover. But, the plot also sounds so amazing. I have really been in the mood for more YA contemporaries recently, so this one is a must.

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I really, really want to read more adult romances this year, and what better way to start than with Christina Lauren? This just looks like it will be such a fun and cute read, so I’m excited to see what I think about it!

The House by Christina Lauren

Yes, another Christina Lauren book. This one is very different, though. It’s a mystery/thriller, not a romance like they usually write. It’s a book I’ve owned for a really long time, so it would be great to be able to finish it soon!

Broken Things by Lauren Oliver

This one is a bit more of a hard-hitting contemporary, which is a category of YA fiction I want to explore more. It’s a mystery/thriller about the murder of a girl 5 years ago. It sounds really great, so I think I’ll enjoy it a lot! I would also like to read more of Lauren Oliver’s books in the future.

If We Were Villains by M.L. Rio

I recently read The Secret History and unfortunately did not enjoy it as much as I hoped. It had all of the elements that I wanted- mystery, college setting, pretentious kids, etc. BUT, it was very slow-paced, and I felt like the ending just dragged on for a really long time.

I’m really hoping that this one meets my expectations a bit more because it does have many of the same things in common.

The Impossibility of Us by Katy Upperman

This cover is gorgeous, and I’ve heard many good things about this one. Again, I believe this is a hard-hitting contemporary, so I’m really interested in reading it. I’ve owned it for a while now as well, so I NEED to get to it.

Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo

Finally, I would love to read this one. It’s not totally backlist because it just came out at the end of 2019, but I’ve owned it since basically release day and haven’t read it yet which is a crime honestly. I actually have not read Leigh Bardugo’s “Six of Crows” duology yet, but I read the Grisha trilogy last year and loved it, so I really want to read more of her books this year.

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I am really making it a mission to read as many of these as possible this year so that in the future I can focus more on new releases! What are some backlist titles you need to read?

Jessica

Authors I Need to Check Out!

I talk about my favorite authors on here quite a lot. What I thought I’d do instead today is talk about some authors whose books I’ve never read but I have heard amazing things about so I should probably pick up one day. Whew, that was a mouthful. 

the good daughter

Karin Slaughter

Karin Slaughter is a very well-known thriller author. I own one of her books, The Good Daughter, and I have quite a few of her other books on my TBR. One thing I noticed about myself is that I really love reading mystery/thrillers via an audiobook rather than physically, which is why I have been putting this one off for so long.

But, I definitely want to dive in and see what all of the hype is with her books, so hopefully, I will get to one soon!

my lady jane

Cynthia Hand

I own two of Cynthia Hand’s books that she actually co-authored with two other ladies- My Lady Jane and My Plain Jane. I’m not the biggest historical fiction fan (though I’ve had really good experiences with a few recently), which is why I’ve been holding off on them.

But, she has written other books that I want to read as well: The Afterlife of Holly Chase and The Last Time We Say Goodbye. I definitely plan on at least getting to The Lady Janies books in the near future and I am very excited about it!

the simple wild

K.A. Tucker

I love to read romance, though I don’t read as much of it as I would like. K.A. Tucker’s books have been on my radar for a while- first because the covers caught my attention (The Simple Wild especially), and second because I’ve heard amazing things about them.

For some reason, I just feel like I will really fall in love with her work, so I have been meaning to finally read one of her books.

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A.S. King

A.S. King is probably the person I am most excited to mention on this list. First of all, Ariel Bissett and Kayla from Booksandlala are two of my favorite booktubers and A.S. King is one of their favorite authors. I absolutely must pick up one of her books. It’s kind of a crime that I have not yet done so.

If anyone has any suggestions for what order to read her books in, definitely help me out!

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There are tons more authors I want to read one day, but here is my condensed list! Who are some authors you haven’t picked up yet but want to?

Jessica

Tweet Cute by Emma Lord Review // Blog Tour

Hello and welcome to another post! Today I am bringing you a review of an incredible YA contemporary that I read back in December. It stole my heart, and now I hope it steals yours, too.

I’m talking about Tweet Cute by Emma Lord. I was so honored when I was chosen to be a part of this blog tour because this was one of my most anticipated releases of 2020. And trust me, it did not disappoint.

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Goodreads Synopsis:

Meet Pepper, swim team captain, chronic overachiever, and all-around perfectionist. Her family may be falling apart, but their massive fast-food chain is booming ― mainly thanks to Pepper, who is barely managing to juggle real life while secretly running Big League Burger’s massive Twitter account.

Enter Jack, class clown and constant thorn in Pepper’s side. When he isn’t trying to duck out of his obscenely popular twin’s shadow, he’s busy working in his family’s deli. His relationship with the business that holds his future might be love/hate, but when Big League Burger steals his grandma’s iconic grilled cheese recipe, he’ll do whatever it takes to take them down, one tweet at a time.

All’s fair in love and cheese ― that is, until Pepper and Jack’s spat turns into a viral Twitter war. Little do they know, while they’re publicly duking it out with snarky memes and retweet battles, they’re also falling for each other in real life ― on an anonymous chat app Jack built.

As their relationship deepens and their online shenanigans escalate ― people on the internet are shipping them?? ― their battle gets more and more personal, until even these two rivals can’t ignore they were destined for the most unexpected, awkward, all-the-feels romance that neither of them expected.

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My Review:

As I mentioned earlier, this book stole my heart. It is a cute, cheesy YA romance. It was light-hearted, relatable, and so much fun. I read the book in basically two days because once I got into it, I didn’t want to put it down.

The writing is very fast-paced, which is something I need for a contemporary novel. It was also very witty

Let’s talk about the characters- Pepper was so relatable to me it was honestly a bit scary. She is extremely ambitious and is at the top of her class at school, but she doesn’t really fit in much with the other kids. She has a bit of an existential crisis throughout the book which is something I could relate to (and I’m sure most people can). She also loves to bake which is an element I love seeing in a book (both because I have the biggest sweet tooth ever but also because baking is so fun).

Jack was also so adorable and I really liked reading his chapters. I could see a lot of myself in his personality: he is extremely caring for his friends and family, hardworking, responsible, and just an overall good person.

The two of them together? Swoonworthy. It was an enemies-to-friends-to-lovers situation and I was all here for it.

I also really liked the premise/plot of this as a whole. As someone who spends a lot (and I mean A LOT) of time on Twitter myself, I was able to understand all of the references and I felt more connected to the story because of it. Also, there are a few “Mean Girls” references which I absolutely loved.

It also does touch upon some heavier topics in a really great way, such as divorce, finding yourself, pressure from your family, etc.

Overall, this is a book I know I’m going to be recommending to people for years to come. I highly urge you to go pick it up next week when it comes out!

My Rating:

five stars

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I hope you guys enjoyed this review! Let me know in the comments if you’ve read this book/plan to read it! I would love to hear your thoughts.

If you want to preorder the book (which comes out January 21st), you can do so here!

Jessica

2020 Reading Goals

Hello and happy Tuesday everyone! It’s that time of year again- the one where I set my goals for the year, which I will hopefully accomplish.

Today I’m going to specifically talk about bookish goals, but in a future post, I will talk about my personal and blogging goals in case if you’re interested in that, too!

I kept my goals pretty simple this year, and a few are repeat goals I had in previous years. I didn’t want my goals to be unattainable, so hopefully, with just these 5 simple ones, I will be able to accomplish them successfully.

Read 52 Books

First up, of course, is the number of books I hope to read. I decided to keep the same goal as last year- 52 books, which is about 1 a week. This is something I know I can manage because there are times when I will read 3 books a week, some where I only read 1 or 2, and even some where I don’t read any at all. But, I have read over 52 books for the past few years now, so I’m not worried about this goal.

I knew I could have easily increased this goal to 70+ books, but this year I don’t want to focus on the number of books I read. I want to take my time with each book rather than feel rushed with them.

Read 1 ARC a Month

I have about 20 physical ARCs on my TBR, as well as another 20+ in e-book version. I’m definitely trying to get this number down, so by reading AT LEAST one of them a month, I think that will be doable. Obviously, I am hoping to read more than 12 by the end of the year, but I do want to keep myself accountable in some way, so a monthly goal of 1 is perfect.

2020 reading goals

Read 1 e-book a Month

Similar to the last goal, I also want to read at least one e-book a month. I’m really bad at reading my e-books. I just never tend to gravitate towards them because I prefer to read physically. But, I have created a TBR jar for e-books, so every month I will pull one that I have to read. Hopefully, this will help me get the number of e-books I own down.

Get My Owned TBR Down to Less Than 50 Books

I have about 100 unread books on my shelves between physical books, e-books, and audiobooks. I did a good job of not purchasing any books in 2019, but somehow I still ended up with the same number of unread books (even though I read over 100 books- how does that even happen?).

This year, I want to focus on reading the books I already own. I want to read at least half of the ones I had prior to 2020, and continue to keep that number down.

Buy Under 10 Books

Going along with that, I also want to put myself on a ban. I’m trying to save my money because I am going to have a ton of expenses in the near future. Therefore, I am not allowing myself to buy over 10 books this year. There are going to be releases that I want to get my hands on, or just books that I can’t resist buying, which is why I’m giving myself this little bit of room to purchase those if I really want.

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Those are all of my reading goals for 2020! What are some of yours? Leave a comment letting me know.

Jessica

My Favorite Reads of 2019

2019 was my best reading year yet in terms of the number of books I’ve read: I’m at 107 and I think I’ll still be able to fit it one more!

But looking back, it was really hard to choose a top 10 for the year! I read a lot of great books, but not too many absolute favorites. I learned to be more critical and picky with books this year, so my ratings were lower than in previous years.

I managed to create a list nonetheless (of my top NINE favorite reads rather than 10), so here it is, in no particular order. Also- I didn’t include any re-reads on this list, though there were quite a few that would make my favorites list, too.

Honorable Mentions:

First, I have a few honorable mentions that I want to include because they were great reads, just not necessarily my absolute favorites.

  • Sadie by Courtney Summers
  • The Foxhole Court by Nora Sakovic
  • To Drink Coffee with a Ghost by Amanda Lovelace
  • Tweet Cute by Emma Lord

Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman

Summer Bird Blue by Akemi Dawn Bowman made it onto my top 10 list of 2018, so it was no surprise that another book by this author is on my list again. In fact, there are quite a few repeat authors from previous years (I’m very predictable sorry).

This book has such beautiful writing, and I related to our main character, Kiko, so much. She has anxiety, which is something I also struggle with, and the way it was described was very accurate in this book. It is a heartbreaking story, but an important and eye-opening one that I highly recommend.

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas’ “The Hate U Give” made my favorites list in 2017, and she is one of those authors that I know I will love everything she writes. I actually might have even enjoyed On the Come Up more than her debut novel, which I didn’t think she could beat.

This book really blew me away. It was so powerful, Bri is a badass, and the writing was so good. I also love that there are parts that pay homage to Starr from The Hate U Give in this book. It was subtle but a nice touch.

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Everyone and their mother has read this book, but the hype around it is very real. I’m disappointed in myself that I didn’t pick it up in 2017 when it came out, but instead waited until 2019.

I’m glad that I did jump on the train eventually, though, because this book is unforgettable. The story follows a Hollywood movie star as she recounts her life story to a magazine writer. It was so interesting and it felt so real, which is why I loved it.

Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Oh, look- another TJR book. I really went head-on with Taylor Jenkins Reid’s books this year- I’ve read 5/7 of them. I have to say, I loved this one a little bit more than Evelyn Hugo. In fact, I loved this one so much that immediately after finishing the audiobook the first time, I restarted it and finished it for a second time within a couple of days. I have never done that with any other book before.

Just like Evelyn Hugo, this book felt so real. I was upset that I couldn’t actually listen to the songs they talk about in the book. Why isn’t this a real band? Also, both of these books are getting tv show adaptations, which I could not be happier about. I’m definitely going to try to re-read both in 2020.

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Yet again, we have another author who had made it onto a previous “favorites of the year” list. I love Elizabeth Acevedo’s writing and the way she handles difficult topics in her books. This one follows Emoni, a teen mom, as she tries to decide what she wants to do post-high school. She loves cooking, and it is a passion of hers she would love to pursue, but she doesn’t think it is a realistic goal. She is faced with some tough decisions to make.

Overall, this was an incredible read. It was fast-paced, full of some delicious foods, and made me smile a lot. I can not wait to pick up more books from Elizabeth in the future- I know they will all be great.

Aphrodite Made Me Do It by Trista Mateer

I wasn’t going to include a poetry collection on here this year because there were so many that I loved. BUT, when I saw this one, I knew I had to include it. This is the first collection by Trista Mateer that I’ve read, but now I know I have to pick up more by her.

I could not put it down once I started it. Trista’s words have the ability to make you feel so many emotions at once. This collection was extremely powerful and beautiful.

Wilder Girls by Rory Power

I absolutely loved this book!! I do know that it is pretty polarizing- it’s one of those books that you will either love or hate. I fell into the former category. I will be thinking about it for a long time.

The writing style was incredible. It was told in dual POV, and the second one was really unique. I don’t want to describe the plot too much because it’s better to go in without knowing anything in my opinion. I will say, though, that it will leave you confused but also wanting more.

The Lady Rogue by Jenn Bennett

Would it be a favorites post from me if I didn’t mention Jenn Bennett? No. Jenn Bennett is one of my favorite YA contemporary authors. This year she came out with a historical/paranormal fiction that I was so excited to read. It’s obviously very different from previous books I’ve read by her, but it surpassed all of my expectations. It had all of the witty banter, unique characters, and fun surprises that I loved in her romance books.

You can check out my full review here. 

The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern

And finally, we have the book that, if I had to choose, would take the number one spot on this list.

I discovered my love for Erin Morgenstern this year with a re-read of The Night Circus and later her newest release. She has become my favorite author of all time, which is something that I didn’t think I would ever be able to say.

I’ve gushed about this book so so many times on the blog and Instagram and Twitter, so I won’t say anything other than this: Just go read it.

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These are all of my favorites! Please leave a comment letting me know what some of your favorite reads of the year are (maybe I’ll read them in 2020!).

Do we have any of the same favorites?

Jessica