Favorite Reads of 2014

Hi everyone! At Chachic‘s request I’m coming out of hiatus today with a list of my favorite reads from last year.

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These is my Words by Nancy Turner

We Were Liars by E.J. Lockhart

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier

Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews

With a new baby last September and working double the hours I used to work at the library, the list is shorter than usual and I don’t see myself having the time or inclination to start blogging regularly again anytime soon. But I may drop in from time to time. Say ‘hi’ if you can, I’d love to hear from you!

Amour et Florand guest post

amour-et-florand_bannerEarlier this week I was over at my good friend Chachic’s blog as part of Amour et Florand, a week-long event celebrating the novels of Laura Florand, one of my favorite contemporary romance authors. I gave out awards to my favorite characters and scenes from her Amour et Chocolat series. Whether you’re familiar with Florand or not, head on over to see my picks and discover why even non-romance readers love her novels. The posts have all been excellent. There are only a few days left so go, go, go!

In which I prove that I DO still read and write about books

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Last month my name was up for hosting the monthly YAckers book. Of the three nominated books, Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge was chosen. A Greco-Roman mythological fantasy retelling of Beauty and the Beast, there was a lot going on and our responses were mixed. For the most part, I enjoyed the story, especially Nyx and her unapologetic way of dealing with hurt and forgiveness. To read more of my thoughts and the rest of the YAckers, head over here.

The Fault in Ours Stars trailer

Maybe the fact that I’m coming out of my blog hiatus for a moment today is a sign. Maybe not. But I adore this book too much not to share the trailer, which leaked online earlier today. I suppose I’ll have to admit that I got a little teary at the end. Come on, June 6!

Rainbow Rowell’s Landline cover

Landlinegrey-1-e1381519474537Yes – I am still here. Barely. But I want to get back to writing reviews soon. For now, I couldn’t resist posting the newly-revealed cover of Rainbow Rowell’s next novel, Landline, which comes out in July. Her modern covers are perfection in my eyes and as Landline was designed by Olga Grlic, the same designer of Eleanor & Park and Fangirl, it’s no exception. Rowell has become an auto-buy author for me, and I love the premise for her next novel for adults about a rocky marriage and time travel, phone-style.