Badass Book Review – Unloved by Katy Regnery

Unloved

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Badass Book Review – Unloved by Katy RegneryUnloved by Katy Regnery
on October 8th 2017
Pages: 301
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four-stars

My name is Cassidy Porter...

My father, Paul Isaac Porter, was executed twenty years ago for the brutal murder of twelve innocent girls.

Though I was only eight-years-old at the time, I am aware - every day of my life - that I am his child, his only son.

To protect the world from the poison in my veins, I live a quiet life, off the grid, away from humanity.

I promised myself, and my mother, not to infect innocent lives with the darkness that swirls within me, waiting to make itself known.

It's a promise I would have kept...if Brynn Cadogan hadn't stumbled into my life.

Now I exist between heaven and hell: falling for a woman who wants to love me, while all along reminding myself that I must remain...

Unloved.

**NOTE: This book is intended for readers 18+**

“I wasn’t born to a happy fate. I know that. But how I longed for it…It was never possible. The sons of murderers don’t deserve to be happy”

Unloved is my first novel by Katy Regnery and I found it to be original, touching, and very thought-provoking.
This book had me intrigued from the beginning. The idea of the haunted son of a convicted serial killer had me hooked – I’m a Dateline junkie! 🙂 The conclusion took a completely unexpected turn when I was convinced I knew how everything was going play out. That always scores big points with me. I even loved that it took place in the beautiful state of Maine, which is one of my new favorite places. 
Cassidy Porter – an anti-alpha male was a welcome change of pace. The development of his character really pulls at your heart. You come to see how pure and innocent and loving this man is. All the while learning how Cassidy’s past and his family’s misguided intentions have nearly destroyed how he sees himself and the outside world. It’s heartbreaking.
You can’t help but feel for Brynn as well, having faced her own tragedies in life and love. Brynn is determined to honor the memory of her fiance. In the process, she realizes she’s ready to move forward and live again and finds the bravery allow herself to do so.
The only thing I didn’t love about this story was that Brynn’s reactions were a bit unrealistic. (SPOILER AHEAD!) I don’t believe that a city girl would wake up finding herself completely isolated with a strange man and simply resign herself to trusting him so implicitly. I feel there would have been, at the very least, a lot more initial panic before coming to the realization that she was safe. THEN maybe, hmmm…this guy taking care of me is pretty hot…maybe being trapped off the grid with him isn’t so terrifying after all.
But that detail aside, Unloved really is a beautiful story full of lessons about life, love, moving forward,  and overcoming and breaking free from the past and others’ mistakes.
If you’ve read Unloved, drop me a line and let me know what you think!

About Katy Regnery

New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Katy Regnery started her writing career by enrolling in a short story class in January 2012. One year later, she signed her first contract and Katy’s first novel was published in September 2013.

Now exclusively self-published, Katy claims authorship of the multi-titled Blueberry Lane Series, which follows the English, Winslow, Rousseau, Story, and Ambler families of Philadelphia; the six-book, bestselling ~a modern fairytale~ series; the Enchanted Places Series; and a stand-alone novella, Frosted.

Katy’s first modern fairytale romance, The Vixen and the Vet, was nominated for a RITA® in 2015 and won the 2015 Kindle Book Award for romance. Katy’s boxed set, The English Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1–4, hit the USA Today bestseller list in 2015, and her Christmas story, Marrying Mr. English, appeared on the list a week later. In May 2016, Katy’s boxed set, The Winslow Brothers Boxed Set, Books #1-4, became a New York Times bestseller.

Katy lives in the relative wilds of northern Fairfield County, Connecticut, where her writing room looks out at the woods, and her husband, two young children, two dogs, and one Blue Tonkinese kitten create just enough cheerful chaos to remind her that the very best love stories begin at home.

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12 Badass Trilogies to Add to Your TBR List

Trilogies are the best and worst kind of torture in the world of reading. You read the first book, hit the cliffhanger, and end up agonizing while you wait for the next installment. Some are lucky enough to stumble upon a trilogy that’s already completely published. Then you have not just one book, but three books to devour; ensuring you won’t function in reality any time soon.

A lot of the books I’ve enjoyed over the years have been trilogies or part of a series. However, minor characters don’t usually hold my attention. Therefore I’m not a huge fan of series that branch off into novels about every supporting character. I can’t keep track of all them and end up having no idea who I’m reading about or where they fit into the storyline.

Personally, I prefer series and trilogies that follow the main characters from the original novel throughout each subsequent book, but that’s just me and of course, there are always exceptions. I break even my own rules! 🙂

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So when one book just isn’t enough, here’s a list of trilogies to add to your TBR list!

Slammed Series (3 books) by Colleen Hoover

The Slammed Series by Colleen Hoover

Including Slammed, Point of Retreat, and This Girl, is the series that started it all – where my love for Colleen and indie authors began so many years ago. I love this series and all the characters and, IMHO, you should read every single book Colleen Hoover has ever written. She’s that good!

Following the unexpected death of her father, eighteen-year-old Layken becomes the rock for both her mother and younger brother. She appears resilient and tenacious, but inside, she’s losing hope. Then she meets her new neighbor Will, a handsome twenty-one-year-old whose mere presence leaves her flustered and whose passion for poetry slams thrills her. Not long after a heart-stopping first date during which each recognizes something profound and familiar in the other, they are slammed to the core when a shocking discovery brings their new relationship to a sudden halt.

Love Me With Lies (3 Book Series) by Tarryn Fisher

The Love Me With Lies Series by Tarryn Fisher

From my love of Colleen Hoover, I discovered my #1, The Queen, Tarryn Fisher. This list wouldn’t be complete without her first three novels, The Love Me With Lies Series including The Opportunist, Dirty Red, and Thief. Tarryn’s writing isn’t for everyone, or so I’ve heard. Some people just don’t identify or feel comfortable with her style of writing, they want the fairy tale. The only way to describeTarryn’s writing is that it’s the real, messy, sometimes cruel reality of life and love.

Olivia Kaspen has just discovered that her ex-boyfriend, Caleb Drake, has lost his memory. With an already lousy reputation for taking advantage of situations, Olivia must decide how far she is willing to go to get Caleb back. Wrestling to keep her true identity and their sordid past under wraps, Olivia’s greatest obstacle is Caleb’s wicked, new girlfriend; Leah Smith. It is a race to the finish as these two vipers engage in a vicious tug of war to possess a man who no longer remembers them. But, soon enough Olivia must face the consequences of her lies, and in the process discover that sometimes love falls short of redemption.

Never Never (3 Book Series) by Colleen Hoover Tarryn Fisher

Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

My two favorite authors came together in this trilogy. Colleen Hoover and Tarry Fisher teamed up to release The Never Never Novella Series including Never Never Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 and it’s about to be re-released in one book so I can’t wait to get my hands on the physical copy!

Best friends since they could walk. In love since the age of fourteen. Complete strangers since this morning. He’ll do anything to remember. She’ll do anything to forget.

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The Breathing Series by Rebecca Donovan

Including Reason to Breathe, Barely Breathing, and Out of Breath. This trilogy tortured me as I waited on pins and needles for each installment.  And it was always well worth the wait! There’s been buzz about a movie.

In the affluent town of Weslyn, Connecticut, where most people worry about what to be seen in and who to be seen with, Emma Thomas would rather not be seen at all. She’s more concerned with feigning perfection while pulling down her sleeves to conceal the bruises – not wanting anyone to know how far from perfect her life truly is. Without expecting it, she finds love. It challenges her to recognize her own worth – but at the risk of revealing the terrible secret, she’s desperate to hide.

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Happenstance: A Novella Series
 by Jamie McGuire

Simply entitled Happenstance Part 1, Part 2 and Part 3. This series had me intrigued from the start.

Erin Easter, one of three Erins in the small senior class of rural Blackwell High School who not only share a first name but also their birthday. A shocking tragedy rocks the tiny town, and Easter’s life is turned upside down in the best way possible. But when the truth is revealed and everything she thinks she wanted falls into her lap, life only becomes more complicated.

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The Providence Series also by Jamie McGuire

Including Providence, Requiem, and Eden. This trilogy breaks from my normal genre a bit as the plot follows some religious themes. Although in a non-traditional sense. I couldn’t put these books down!

In the old world shadows of Providence, Rhode Island, Nina Grey finds herself the center of a war between Hell and Earth. Struggling with her father’s death, Nina meets Jared Ryel, presumably by chance. However, it soon becomes clear that he knows more about her than even close friends. When her father’s former associates begin following her in the dark, Nina learns that her father was not the man she thought he was, but a thief who stole from demons. In searching for the truth behind her father’s death, she stumbles upon something she never expected, and something Hell wants, that only she holds the key for. Jared risks everything to keep the women he was born to save, by sharing the secret he was sworn to protect.

Don’t miss other titles by Jamie McGuire as well, she’s another author who hasn’t published anything I don’t like!

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The Thoughtless Series by S.C. Stephens

Including  Thoughtless, Effortless, and Reckless currently has five books in the series, however, the final two novels are based on the original 3, told from an alternate POV. You can read the first three books as a trilogy and I highly recommend them! These have stayed at the top of my favorites list for a very long time!

For almost two years now, Kiera’s boyfriend, Denny, has been everything she’s ever wanted: loving, tender, and endlessly devoted to her. When they head off to a new city to start their lives together—Denny at his dream job and Kiera at a top-notch university—everything seems perfect. Then an unforeseen obligation forces the happy couple apart. Feeling lonely, confused, and in need of comfort, Kiera turns to an unexpected source—a local rock star named Kellan Kyle. At first, he’s purely a friend she can lean on, but as her loneliness grows, so does their relationship. And then one night everything changes…and none of them will ever be the same.

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The Collide Series by J.C. Hannigan

Including Collide, Consumed, and Collateral follows Harlow Jones through rebellion and relationship turmoil and has some great laugh out loud moments I can’t forget.

Harlow Jones has a troubled past and a questionable future. Surrounded by death, tragedy, and intrigue, she is forced to mature long before her time. Plagued by anxiety and depression, she hides her inner turmoil with spite and sarcasm. Her thick skin is impenetrable…or so she thought. Until she becomes involved with her grade twelve English teacher. 

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The Rebel Series also by J.C. Hannigan

Including Rebel Soul, Rebel Heart, and Rebel Song is one of the exceptions to my branch-off rule. Each of these books does follow a different set of characters. However, the first book drew me in, I had to see where everyone ended up! And if you’re in the holiday spirit, there is a novella Rebel Christmas that’s a nice little addition to this trilogy!

Tessa Armstrong has one more summer at home before heading off to college with her best friend. She’s been counting down the months, waiting to be free of her overbearing brothers and overprotective father — not to mention getting out of the small, suffocating town she’s grown up in. The one thing Tessa doesn’t count on is falling in love, least of all with Brock Miller. He’s the kind of boy her father has always warned her about. He’s older, mysterious, and a little dangerous.

Brock has had a hard past, and the whole town not only knows it but won’t let him forget. Brock has come back to take care of his ailing mother and struggling younger siblings. He doesn’t have time to fall in love, especially with one of the town’s darlings, but sometimes, love comes fast and fierce. Can Tessa and Brock find a way to each other despite their pasts and the obstacles their families present?trilogiesThe Sweet Trilogy by Abbi Glines

Including Sweet Little Thing, Sweet Little Lies, and Sweet Little Memories is available exclusively on iTunes. I’ve read Sweet Little Thing and it was a complete shock. I can’t wait to finish this trilogy!

The day her mother passed away, Beulah was only given a name. That was it. No other explanation. Portia Van Allan was not someone Beulah could believe her mother ever knew. Wealthy, self-absorbed and other than the fact Portia was supplying special care for Beulah’s sister, Portia was cruel. The day Portia’s son returns home for the summer, Beulah discovers that Portia isn’t in charge. This isn’t her home at all. Her late husband left her with nothing. It all belongs to their son who doesn’t seem to like his mother at all.

Jasper Van Allan doesn’t know why his mother has hired a young gorgeous blonde to take care of the house and almost lets her go before he finds out the truth. Realizing there’s more to Beulah than a stunning face, he keeps finding reasons to be near her all the time. It’s all falling into place, it all begins to make sense…. until the real lies, the dark secrets, and the skeletons come tumbling out of the Van Allan closet. Twisted truths that will send Beulah running . . .

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I’ve really enjoyed everything I’ve read by Abbi Glines so I can’t bring her up without mentioning The Rosemary Beach Series. There are currently 14 books in the series but I loved the first three, Fallen Too Far, Never Too Far, and Forever Too Far.  This is a series that branches off following other characters so I never read past the first three novels. However, Abbi Glines never disappoints!

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Just One Day Series by Gayle Foreman

The two-book series by Gayle Foreman including If I Stay and Where She Went gained popularity and recognition when If I Stay, made its debut on the big screen in 2014. Also available from Gayle Foreman is the Just One Day Series, which I’ve not yet read but is definitely on my TBR list, including Just One Day, Just One Year, and Just One Night.

It all starts when American good girl Allyson—better known as Lulu—decides to spend just one day in Paris with Dutch hottie Willem. It’s a whirlwind adventure filled with heart-racing romance, but the next day Willem is gone without a trace. What follows is one year of searching that ends with a steamy reunion on the one wonderful night when they finally find one another again.

I hope you find some trilogies on this list that strike your fancy! Drop me a line in the comments and let me know your thoughts and if you’ve read any of these, or if there are other trilogies you’d like to suggest!

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Badass Book Review: For Now by Kat Savage

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Badass Book Review: For Now by Kat SavageFor Now by Kat Savage
Published by Kat Savage on February 4th 2018
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three-half-stars

Delilah Spencer is broken. Alone and starting over in her best friend's city is just what life calls for right now. She has a violent and painful past to put behind her and a lot to do to move on with her life. She has no intention of letting anyone get close anytime soon. Maybe ever.

Samuel Young used to be broken. Now, the single father accepts his past for what it is, raises his son Mason, and is trying to find some happiness. And while he thinks he's found that in Delilah, she's not sold.

As the two begin to push and pull, Delilah finds herself on the receiving end of strange happenings.

In a world where everyone has a past, what happens when they collide? Is the future shaken? Can they overcome it or will it rob them once again of what they deserve?

Can love survive when a heartache from your past intertwines with your present?

“By the end, I learned that a person doesn’t have to pack a suitcase and kiss you goodbye to leave you. Sometimes they will slip away quietly right next to you and you cannot reach them.”

I was pleasantly impressed with For Now, the debut novel by poet Kat Savage. It’s a love story with a dark background and a suspenseful twist. The plot is imaginative, compelling, and bravely deals with some very heavy subject matter. It was evident this novel was written by someone who’s endured the tragedies of heartbreak.
Delilah Spencer is a woman navigating the difficult process of healing after a painful past relationship. The last thing on her mind is having anything to do with a man. Yet, Delilah can’t help begrudgingly finding bits of hope in the charming and understanding Samuel Young.
However, an unforeseeable twist of fate pushes beyond the limits of Delilah’s fragile psyche. Afer all, how much can one person really endure? Will Delilah be able to move on, heal, and find the happiness she deserves?  For Now definitely has an ending you won’t want to miss!
My only reason for a 3.5-star rating is that, at times, I struggled with the writing style. The dialogue didn’t flow for me and some scenes didn’t seem to completely develop or transition smoothly.  
In spite of that, the creativity of the plot made up for my disconnect with the writing style. I was definitely able to look past the glitches and genuinely wanted to see this story through to the end.
I want to thank Kat Savage for the opportunity to read this ARC, it was a pleasure!  
If you’ve read For Now, drop me a line in the comments! Let me know what you think! 

About Kat Savage

Kat Savage has lived in many places but has yet to find home. She is a single mom of two who spends a lot of time pretending she is a dinosaur and building tents with bed sheets. She holds down a day job but hopes to make writing her living one day. She has love for sushi, coffee, getting tattoos, collecting typewriters and reading good books. She probably loved you in another life, but was broken then, too.

Kat Savage’s unique brand of storytelling combines some of her own truths with a little bit of fiction to connect to people in a very real way. She writes about ugly things authentically and shamelessly.

She recently combined her former self-published chapbooks into one collected volume of poetry titled This is How I Die and is currently working on her debut novel For Now.

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Badass Book Review: Hidden Seams by Alessandra Torre

 

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Badass Book Review: Hidden Seams by Alessandra TorreHidden Seams by Alessandra Torre
Published by Select Publishing LLC on January 18th 2018
Pages: 300
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four-stars


A billion-dollar fashion empire, and it’s about to be mine…

I've worked a decade for this. I've sold my soul and my reputation. I've lived a lie, smiled for the cameras, and hated myself, all for this inheritance.

And then … she pops up. A mysterious heir with a rap sheet, combat boots, and a mouth that I want to pin shut with my—

It doesn’t matter. I’ve played this game for a decade. I can continue the charade a little longer, keep my hands to myself and her body out of my mind. I can keep my secret until the ink dries and everything is mine. 

Or not.

I read my first Alessandra Torre novel, The Ghostwriter, last year and WOW! I LOVED it! It was by far my favorite book of 2017 and one of the best books I’d read in a long time.
I love my romance novels but I may love suspense and a good plot twist even more. The Ghostwriter is a dark, suspenseful, rollercoaster ride with an ending you never see coming.
Needless to say, I’ve been excited to read another Alessandra Torre novel ever since but I really had no idea what to expect.  
Hidden Seams did not disappoint. It’s definitely on the romance end of the spectrum and it’s a steamy, page-turner!
It’s a story of having to choose between love and the lucrative career, lifestyle, and image Marco Lent has worked and sacrificed many years for. The circumstances that bring Marco and Avery together are the very thing that should rip them apart, but the passion between them remains palpable to the very end.
Torre’s ability to draw you into a world of fairytale wealth and romance is remarkable. She painted such a vivid portrait of a world most of us couldn’t imagine in our wildest dreams.
Some may find the subject matter contained in Hidden Seams to be a bit controversial but I feel it was handled in a respectful manner and made for an extremely compelling aspect of the story. 
 If you’re in the mood for a sizzling hot, erotic romance full of fairytale fame and fortune, inner turmoil, and controversy, then pick up Hidden Seams

About Alessandra Torre

A New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal Bestselling Author, Alessandra Torre has written thirteen novels, three of which have become New York Times bestsellers.

Her first book, Blindfolded Innocence, was a breakout hit, rising to the top of the ebook charts on Amazon where it attracted the interest of major publishing houses and garnered Torre her first print deal with Harlequin HQN. Less than twelve months later, Torre signed a second print deal, this time with Redhook (Hachette) for the Deanna Madden series, an erotic suspense trilogy.

From her home on the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.

 

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Badass Book Review: Whore by Willow Aster

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Badass Book Review: Whore by Willow AsterWhore by Willow Aster
on December 26th 2017
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four-stars

“I need a reason to exist.”

Beautiful, intelligent, independent, strong-willed, wealthy—Lilith Fontenot seems by all appearances, to have it all. But that’s not how the highest paid prostitute in New Orleans sees herself.

A stain on society. A scourge. A waste. Outsider. Prisoner…

Any idyllic dream of the normal life she may have once imagined, Lilith buried long ago. Her only plan now is survival.

But mob boss Nico Santelli and community center owner Soti Christos have not given up on Lilith. Each has his own very specific, very opposing, plans for her, and neither will rest until it becomes a reality.

WHORE is a singularly bracing take on an ancient tale of tireless love, betrayal, and the possibility of redemption.

“One day with you is better than a thousand tacos.”
With a line like that, you know you’re reading a great romance. Someone out there obviously understands my soul!
Whore is the first novel I’ve read by Willow Aster and it was a great read. The taco quote is probably not the most representative quote from this novel but it spoke to me all the same.
I love it when an author has the guts to take some risks with their writing and with a title like Whore, you know the subject matter is going to be a little edgy. I love edgy!
As the title suggests, the circumstances surrounding the main character’s life are taboo and a departure from anything comfortable or familiar, but that’s part of what makes Lili’s story so intriguing.
In the beginning, you find yourself struggling, wondering if you’re going to be able to identify with her, like her, or be able to root for her. You’ll find that disconnect quickly changes as Lili fights for her life, her love, and overall redemption.
Add a strong, kind, loving man {picture Jason Mamoa as Soti 😉 } mixed with elements of action, suspense, and intense attraction and you have an adventurous and heart-pounding love story that isn’t the same romance you’ve read a million times. I gave Whore four stars!
Have you read Whore? Drop me a line in the comments and let me know what you thought or check out the synopsis below and add it to your TBR list! Get back to me when you’ve had a chance to experience the story of Lili and Soti! I know I’ll definitely be grabbing a few more titles by this new-to-me author!
In the meantime, happy reading!

About Willow Aster

Willow Aster is the author of USA Today bestseller, True Love Story, In the Fields, Maybe Maby, Fade to Red, and Whore. Willow loves nothing more than writing the day away—anywhere will do. Her husband and two children graciously put up with her endless daydreaming; otherwise, the writing would never get done. She’s also an avid reader, and has been known to walk, cook, and clean with her nose in a book. She’s lived in Texas, Tennessee, Indiana, and California, but Minnesota has captured her now and doesn’t seem to be letting go. Although shy, this lifelong writer and artist is convinced that the best part of this career for her is meeting and connecting with readers, authors, and all of those in this community of lovers of words.

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2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge

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I’m already looking forward to all that 2018 has in store. From trips I have planned to finally kicking ass on some goals I’ve set for myself, it should be a great year. One thing I’ve never done is any sort of reading challenge. I’m not a numbers person in any aspect of my life so I don’t like the idea of saying “I’m going to read 347 books this year.” I don’t even own a scale, so you get the picture. Life happens and who wants to feel like they failed over some arbitrary number?

So this reading challenge is a little more fun, and not overly ambitious. It might even help if you find yourself in a reading slump. So if you’re game, follow along with me and let’s see how many of these reads we can check off the list in 2018!

Next December I’ll come back and tell you what each of my selections was and do some quick mini-reviews. I’ve already listed the few I have in mind, others are going to take some pondering and actual research.

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The 2018 Badass Books Reading Challenge

A book published in 2018.
This is obviously going to be the easiest to check off the list. There will undoubtedly be a lot of books added to everyone’s never-ending TBR list in 2018.

A book published the year you were born.
Hmmm…I wonder what Google will have on the list for books published in 1979…

A classic book or a book published over 100 years ago.
I already know which book this will be and it will likely be my first read of 2018. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas, originally published in 1844. A certain special someone told me this was their all-time favorite book so naturally, the book nerd in me has to know why.

A book that you’ve started before and never finished.
This will be an easy choice as well, I’ve got several of those unfinished books sitting on my Kindle, wondering why I left them hanging.

A book you should have read in school, but didn’t.
Did people actually skip required reading in school? Haha! I suppose it’s safe to say I wasn’t one of those kids. However, there is one book I read in school that I’ve really wanted to re-read and that’s To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

A Book you’ve already read – time for a re-read!
Re-reads are often mandatory for me. If I love a book I’ll read it over and over again. I love picking up on things I missed the first time around and there are several books I’d love to pick up for a second go-round. I’m thinking it might be Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire.

A book that you’ve put off reading.
Turtles All the Way Down by John Green. Why do I keep putting this off? I have no idea; I know I’ll love it. But as usual, so many books, so little time, right?

A banned book.
The word ‘banned’ just makes me want to read a book even more and I don’t mind stepping out of my comfort zone. It’s time to do some research to find which books have made this list.

A book by an author you’ve never read.
Many of the books on this list will be by authors I’ve never read. So the question is, will I choose another book just for this category or make one of the other reads count here as well?

A popular author’s first book.
This is another that will take some research and decision-making. Usually, when I like an author I read everything they’ve written in chronological order. I’ll have to see what I’ve missed!

A book turned movie you’ve seen but haven’t read.
The more I thought about this one, the more books I came up with. Pet Sematary by Stephen King has been on my TBR forever. I loved the movie as a kid and have always intended to read the book. Another I may consider is Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg. I adore that movie and would love to read the book. I’ve been told that Me Before You by JoJo Moyes is a must-read. I’m going to have my work cut out for me on this one!

A book turned TV show you’ve seen but haven’t read.
Off the top of my head, I can think of 3 TV shows I love that are based on books – Justified, which is based on a book series by Elmore Leonard Raylan and Longmire which is based on a series of novels by Craig Johnson. While I love both of those TV shows, I think I’m going to go with the third on my list which is the TV show Heartland. Yes, I secretly love that warm, fuzzy Canadian family drama, which completely destroys my persona of badassery. Heartland is based on a 25-novel series by Lauren Brooke. No, I will not be attempting to read all 25 novels. I’ll start with the first book in the series, Coming Home.

A funny book.
Who doesn’t love a book that makes them laugh out loud? This will be a fun read and an interesting glimpse into what fits the description of “laugh out loud funny”.

A book that will make you smarter.
It stands to reason that if we’re going to read a funny book, we should follow it up with something that will make us smarter. Smart girls are the prettiest.

An award-winning book.
Google will have to help me with this selection as well. I don’t pay much attention to whether a book is an award winner or New York Times Best Seller so now I’ll get to see what all the hype is about.

A book based on a true story.
I am looking forward to this one – I love true crime and anything based on a true story. What’s the saying? Truth is stranger than fiction?

A book chosen for you by a friend.
My best friend from college, who lives a thousand miles away, reads probably more than I do and I’m going to let her choose this book. I can’t wait to see what she chooses for me.

And last but not least…

A book set during Christmas.
This is something I like to do every year in December to get me in the Christmas spirit. Even if it’s cheesy. See my love of Heartland above.

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