What I Read in 2017

I read 100 books in 2017. Books I reviewed are linked. My favorite reads of 2017 are starred. Take a Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg Forget Me by K.A. Harrington Take the Key and Lock Her Up by Ally Carter Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee The Boy Is Back by Meg Cabot Once Upon a Cruise by…

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My Favorite Reads of 2017

As I began preparing this post, I was a bit shocked to see that I’ve read less than 100 books this year, although I have 11 days left, so I might be able to squeeze four more in :). However, one of the reasons I’ve read less in 2017 is that I returned to another…

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What I Read in 2016

I read 114 books in 2016. Books I reviewed are linked. My favorite reads of 2016 are starred. The One by Kiera Cass (plus The Favorite novella)* Cold-Hearted Rake by Lisa Kleypas A Love Worth Giving by Max Lucado Becoming Jinn by Lori Goldstein Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins The Queen & The Guard…

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My Favorite Reads of 2016

I know it’s only Dec. 22, but I’m flying away to California (!!!) on Saturday to spend Christmas with family, so I’m knocking it out early. The last time I posted this list early, I ended up binge-reading a series the final week of the year that totally would have edged out something on my…

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Sometimes You Should Just Read for Fun

This summer I started and set aside four young adult novels in a row. They were all books I thought I should read for one reason or another. An agent I was interested in querying represented the book. A writer I respected wrote the book. A writer I respected recommended the book. Or dozens of…

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The Joy of Reading Alongside Your Child

Yesterday I read an article about kids starting to drop off reading around age 8 due to an increase in electronics use. It made me incredibly sad, in large part because my son recently turned 8 (or 2, depending on how you count those Leap Day birthdays 🙂 ), and the world of reading has…

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What I Read in 2015

I read 118 books in 2015. Books I reviewed are linked. The books that made my list of favorite reads for 2015 are starred. Honeymoon Hotel by Hester Browne Pivot Point by Kasie West* Split Second by Kasie West* The Shocking Secret of a Guest at the Wedding by Victoria Alexander The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater…

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My Favorite Reads of 2015

As of today, I’ve read 116 books in 2015. I’ll probably finish one more before the end of the year, but it’s an adult book, so it wouldn’t apply for my favorite reads list anyway :). So here are my top middle grade and young adult reads of the year, not necessarily published in 2015….

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How I Found YA

With all of the talk about TWILIGHT today and how it affected the young adult market, I started thinking about how I came to young adult books. It wasn’t through TWILIGHT–although I wouldn’t be ashamed if it was. Despite whatever flaws those books have, I love them because I care about the characters. Plus, I…

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On Giving Up A Favorite Author

I could have titled this post “How Writing Has Changed My Reading Habits, Part 3” because it’s really a continuation of how my growth as a writer has changed the way I read. Part 1 focused on how querying made me switch from reading mainly adult books to middle grade and young adult. (I sort…

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2015 Debuts I Can’t Wait to Read

I saw a few people posting the debuts they’re most anticipating in 2015 and thought, you know, I want to jump on that train! Because I have some writing friends/acquaintances with books coming out this year, and I’m really excited about that. Besides, I’m not going to have any reviews for a couple of weeks…

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What I Read in 2014

I read 107 books in 2014. The breakdown included 20 middle grade, 63 young adult, one new adult, 22 adult, and one non-fiction. Thirteen of those books were re-reads, including two that I read aloud to my son :). Books I reviewed are linked. Want to know which were my favorites? Well, I wrote a post about…

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