TBR Hot Spot

Hi!!! I’m SO excited to announce that I just started a GoodReads Group, TBR Hot Spot!!! (Special Thanks to Trina from @btwnchapters and Kayla Rayne from @KaylaRayne_ for their help and guidance)

If you love books and have a crazy large TBR Pile, this could be the group for you! It’s easy, low maintenance and very casual! Here’s my idea….

Basically, what I’m trying to do is create a community or a “spot” if you will, where readers can come together and encourage each other to finish their TBR piles.

I see so many people on Twitter/Channels/Blogs/Instagram mention how they want to finish the books they have this year, but it’s hard.

My idea is for someone to come into this group, state the books on their TBR pile (or top priorities) and have others give POSITIVE feedback about that book. “Hyping” that book up for them. PLEASE, no negative comments. We want to encourage others to finish their piles, not shy away. If you dislike a particular book mentioned (and that is completely understandable), please refrain from commenting, unless asked directly. This way, other people’s opinions (some of which we may never have agreed with anyway?) can’t influence us into thinking negative thoughts before we even give the book a shot. Make sense?

I think the biggest trouble we find with our piles (the reason they BECOME piles :P) is because we hear or see something exciting about a book. We grab that book up! Then, we see a new video or a new blog post. Ooo there’s a new and exciting book! We now want the “new” shiny book. Eventually, we forget why we bought the original books. Maybe if we can help each other rediscover that “shininess” we can conquer our piles!

Please feel free to post your TBR pile list on my new Group “TBR HOT SPOT”. If you own a book another member posted, and you love that book, please comment. Share the love of books with each other! My goal is to keep this Group open until the end of 2017 or until no one is interested anymore. Hehe As of Jan-March, I will be dealing with some family commitments. I’m still going to be commenting as much as I can and overseeing the positivity! Hopefully you can all help me as much as I want to help you! Happy Reading!

Please spread the word! RT or share on GR! The more members we have, the more positivity we can spread! Hopefully this idea can not only eliminate/lessen our TBR piles, but also get us out of horrible reading slumps. Let’s come together and smash those piles!

Please NOTE: You can come and go in this group. Post your TBR pile and check it as often as you like for comments. No commitments. Post comments on other members lists and then check out for a bit. This is easy and carefree. No stress. That’s my goal! 🙂 Good Luck!

(Original) Mary Poppins Book Tag

I am a HUGE Mary Poppins fan. I have been for as long as I can remember. So, when feeling a little inspired, I glanced over to my Mary Poppins Funko and this Tag was born. It combines facts for the curious fans and movie elements for the casual fans. Let’s begin!

  1. Mary Poppins’ story was originally a book by P.L. Travers. The author was not comfortable releasing her book into a film. She was afraid they’d change the heart of her story. What book were you afraid to lend to a friend, for fear they wouldn’t like your favorite story? I really want to send Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb to my friends Jody and Michelle, but I’m so afraid they won’t like it. It’ll break my lil heart. Hehe It’s SO good!
  2. P.L. Travers’ book was turned into a movie (Disney’s Mary Poppins, obviously) as well as her personal story of how the film was made (Saving Mr. Banks). Which book would you like to turn into a movie (if it was well done of course)? I would LOVE to see The Raven Boys turned into a movie or a tv series. It doesn’t have to follow books 2-4. I just want to see their daily hijinks and enjoy every second of it. Love you, Noah!
  3. Walt Disney wanted to cast Angela Lansbury as Mary Poppins (before Julie Andrews). What book in a series do you wish you could swap out? (get rid of it or change it in some way) City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. I loved the other books, but CANNOT get into this book. I wanna erase the BLEH going on in it and move on to happiness.
  4. P.L. Travers hated the film when it was done. She wept during the premiere and completely regretted giving up the rights. Name a book that you completely regret ever buying. Kami Garcia’s Beautiful Creatures SERIES. I bought the whole stinkin series, because I loved the first book. Then, it went downhill. Boo Hoo. I’m determined to eventually FORCE myself to read them, because they can’t go to waste.
  5. The song a “Spoonful of Sugar” was written about the polio vaccine. What book had you so on edge, but in the end, it was absolutely sweet? I have quite a few options here, but I’m going to go with Winter by Marissa Meyer. I loved the beginning and kinda loathed the middle. I felt it dragged and there were unnecessary points where she just repeated stuff. No thanks. Then, the ending warmed my heart and I loved it. So in the end, it became sweet.
  6. Mrs. Banks was fighting for a woman’s right to vote! Name a book you read that fights for a cause. First of all, I am very guilty of NOT reading many books that feature #ownvoices or diverse lead characters. It’s something I plan on changing in the future and I may be doing a post about it soon enough. For now, I choose Uprooted by Naomi Novik. I would LOVE to gush about WHY I chose this book, but if I do…crazy spoilers. So, if you’ve read it, DM me! If not, please pick it up and see why the ending moved me so very deeply.
  7. Mary Poppins flies in under a black umbrella. Name a book you wanna throw out the window. Hehe Debbie Mason’s Mistletoe Cottage…HIIIII YAAAA!! (that’s a karate chop that I can’t perform correctly) I LOOOATHE this book premise. I loathe the fact that I spent money I didn’t have on a book with an annoying premise. Here’s what happened, I love her Christmas, Colorado books. They are sugary sweet with a bit of sass. Love em! So of course, I snatch up her latest book as soon as it’s released. Big mistake. The back of the book talks about secrets, blah blah sounds good. Open it up to page 1, it’s a woman who had a baby, took off and DIDN’T TELL THE FATHER SHE WAS PREGNANT! UGH! Then she’s shocked when crap hits the fan. Ugh. No thanks. So disappointed. DNF!
  8. Practically Perfect In Every Way. Which book did you feel was pure perfection? Well, the obvious answer is The Raven Boys. I adored that book so very much. I also thought Cinder was incredible and I couldn’t read it fast enough. Honestly, I cant think of anything bad to say about Robin Hobb’s Assassin’s Apprentice either. Her writing is such perfection. I’ve never read anything like it. Patrick Rothfuss is wonderful, but after reading Robin Hobb….even he doesn’t compare. It’s special. Oh! Ready Player One…perfection!
  9. Mary’s bottomless bag could carry anything. Name a book that had many pages, but surprisingly went by very quickly. This is a challenge for me, because I get distracted very easily. Long books usually require a break of some sort. I can say that Shadowfever by Karen Marie Moning has 608 pages and I didn’t even notice. I adore that series!
  10. Only Mary could jump right into a beautifully drawn chalk drawing. If you could jump inside one of your favorite books AND manipulate it to your liking, which book would you choose? This one gets tricky, because most worlds I read about have crazy freaky things going on. I don’t exactly want to be a part of that drama. Lol That said, I’d love to live inside the Fablehaven world by Brandon Mull. I’d love to be caretaker to those cool and imaginative creatures. So fun!
  11. Dick Van Dyke really wanted to play the role of Mr. Dawes the villainous bank president and did. Which book(s) in your collection did you probably spend the most money on? Well, I don’t own any special editions or signed books. I do however have a rather large collection of Robin Hobb books now. I bought them all at once and therefore….they would probably be the priciest books I own.
  12. Mary has the most magical powers. Have you read a book with an incredible magic system? I’ve read many books with incredible magic systems! My favorite form of book magic is probably from Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. I love that characters can literally read things into existence. Glorious!
  13. Bert’s Uncle Albert laughs so hard that he floats to the ceiling. Name a book that made you laugh almost as hard. I love a bit of humor in my books. Sophie Kinsella does this rather well. It’s not predictable and it’s cleverly done. I always giggle…out loud. hehe
  14. Mr. Banks spends most of the movie not paying attention to his lovely children. Do you have a book that’s been sitting on your shelf for ages and you haven’t paid it any attention? Hehehe Ohhhh the amount of books sitting on my shelves that I swear I’ll read….”eventually.” LMAO! Don’t we all do this? I think my number 1 priority in this department is the Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. I got to City of the Lost Souls and got….bored/frustrated (as mentioned above). I adored this series and just blew through books 1-3. I wish that I could get the courage to pick up this book again and keep going. I still don’t own the Infernal Devices books and I really wanna read those. It’s something I just have to suck it up and do!…….eventually lol
  15. In the end, Mary gives the children exactly what they wanted, but not in the way they expected. What book threw you for a loop and still gave you immense satisfaction? I just want to say that I added this question, because I obsess over these kinds of books. You are so SURE that the book is taking you in one direction (not the band lmao) and it goes in completely the opposite direction. I love to be caught off guard and forced to turn pages. It’s perfection! That said, I want book recommendations. So please let me know if you do this Tag! PLEASE! Anyway, my answer is….The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning. If you know me, you shoulda seen that coming!!! Hehe The first book starts off with Mac in her own pretty pink world. She’s superficial and honestly…nothing special. Then Moning starts to give you clues to the mystery (there’s an epic mystery). As a reader, you guess at what could have happened to Mac’s sister. You think you know, you DON’T know! Things get creepy, sexy, and Ooo Ooo Barrons. Just when you get answers….SHE GIVES YOU MORE QUESTIONS! NOoooooo…YESSSSSSS! I couldn’t stop turning pages. I couldn’t get enough. I was lost for days when the series was completed. It was NOTHING I expected (just looking for a cool Fae story…) and beyond everything I could dream up. LOVE this series (especially 1-5)

This is my Mary Poppins Tag. Please feel free to try it! If you are a Poppins fan, you are tagged! Until next time!

2017 Reading Resolutions

Hi everyone! Long time, no blog! 😛 I’ve found that my blog gets very little traffic and have been discouraged by that. Therefore, I haven’t been posting as much as I should be. I’m also aware, that the more I post…the more viewers I may get. I’m just not that motivated/organized lol So for now, let’s focus on my 2017 Reading Goals!

I have never been one to set a reading goal. In fact, before Booktube/Blogging, I never took note of how little I actually read. You see, I’m more of a casual reader. I like to pick up a great book and put it down whenever I get distracted by something else. So, I play video games or watch tv marathons and my book of choice will sit on the back burner. It may take me a month to finish one book (and not an 800 page one lol) Therefore, I think I read something like….hmm 25 books a year? YIKES right??? People are reading 100 books and I’m only reading a quarter of that??? Shame on me! Lol I call myself a reader?! Lol This year I’ve decided to do things a little differently. Here’s my train of thought…

No one bought me books for Christmas this year. I saved up and bought them for myself (minus my extraordinary friends Michelle and Jody). When purchasing, I chose the books that have been on my list for the longest time and yet I still didn’t own/read them. I called it “Stocking up for Winter” (like a bear hibernating for winter…get it?? *wink wink* I’m brilliant, right?! Lol jk ) Now, I’m all set for 2017. I only have two books on my 2017 new releases wish list…as of now. They are Feversong by Karen Marie Moning (it’s a MUST) and a new Fablehaven I just learned about via Goodreads and FrankieReads. That book is titled, Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure by Brandon Mull. It releases on March 14, 2017. If you are a huge Fablehaven fan like myself, look into it!!

My goal for 2017 is to read my top TBR books over the course of the year. Now, I did buy/receive the first books in different series. This means that, if I enjoy the books (I expect to!) then I will be needing the remaining books at some point. For now, my goal is to read ONLY WHAT I HAVE (and Feversong and Fablehaven lol I’ve counted them!) That puts me at a total of 58 books for 2017 (I hope my quick math is correct lol). Now, I have PLENTY more books to read after that goal, but 58 includes the highest priority books.

I think I may make a spreadsheet and cross off books as I complete them. This may give me the Oomph to keep going. I am intensely aware of burnout and this is a huge concern for me. When I have to push myself to read a book in a certain time frame, that can take the enjoyment out of the process. That doesn’t include buddy reads. I enjoy them immensely. Other than buddy reads though, I like to just read at will. Hopefully, I can find a balance between no burnout and reaching my goal. Wish me luck!

What are your 2017 goals? Below I’m going to be listing the 58 books I intend to read. If you would like to buddy read one of them, please let me know! Also, if we haven’t buddy read before, please keep in mind how I like to pace my reading. I like to usually keep it to 50pages a day??? Sometimes, I can’t keep that goal. Other times, I could easily surpass it. Just want to give ya a heads up! I don’t want to slow anyone down. Thanks for reading!

2017 Reading Goals:

Karen Marie Moning – Feversong (my hearts beating faster just typing this up! I want it NOW!)

Robin Hobb-Royal Assassin and Assassin’s Quest. Followed by The Liveship Traders Trilogy, the Tawny Man Trilogy, The Rain Wilds Chronicles and lastly Fool’s Assassin & Fool’s Quest. I guess I need to pick up the last book in the Fitz and the Fool series as well. Oops! I’ll be adding that at some point!

Mary E. Pearson- The Remnant Chronicles

Beth Revis – Across the Universe Trilogy (BUDDY READ: Jody) and The Body Electric

Rae Carson – Fire and Thorns Trilogy. Also, book 1 in the Gold Seer Trilogy. (I will most likely be purchasing books 2 and 3 at some point.)

Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass series, Books 1-3 (but most likely the rest of the series at some point. From what I hear, I’ll want them ASAP lol)

Eowyn Ivey – The Snow Child

Diane Setterfield – The Thirteenth Tale (BUDDY READ: Michelle)

Victoria Laurie – Books 2-10 in her Mystery Hunters Series

Marissa Meyer – Heartless

Rick Riordan – books 2-5 in the Heroes of Olympus series. Currently reading book 2, but it won’t be completed until 2017. I’ll probably want more of his books asap.

Brandon Sanderson – The Mistborn Trilogy (25% through book 1 already)

Brandon Mull – Dragonwatch: A Fablehaven Adventure and The Five Kingdoms series.

Michael Scott – Books 1 & 2 in The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel series. I’ll probably want the rest lol

Kendare Blake – Anna Dressed in Blood. I believe this is a duology?? So far, I only have book 1.

Patrick Rothfuss – Wise Man’s Fear. I don’t expect book 3 for awhile, but I do want to get this one under my belt before its release. (Hopefully closer to the release. That way everything is still fresh in my mind) Has anyone read The Slow Regard of Silent Things? I did enjoy Auri, but I wasn’t sure if this book was worth my time. Thanks!

Frank Beddor – The Looking Glass Wars. I’ve had this one on my list for SO long. I finally purchased it in my last Bookoutlet Haul. Thank goodness. I need to give this book a shot.

I believe that’s it….though I’m known to forget things. Hehe Like I said, I have quite a few other books that I really want to get to. These books are from various genres that I enjoy. I think it will give me variety and help prevent burnout. If you are interested in a buddy read, please please please let me know! Hehe If you said you would buddy read one of these with me and I forgot (again, I do that! Lol) just let me know so we can plan!

Good Luck on YOUR 2017 goals. I hope we all succeed and enjoy every second of it!

Until next time!

Silent Night & The Time is Right!

Silent Night & The Time Is Right…for a Great Christmas Read!

Anyone who knows me knows that I love a great Christmas read. It usually starts right after Thanksgiving and I finish 3-4 books before Christmas. I’m very selective about my Christmas stories and I thought I’d share my top picks with you. So, in this post you will discover my Pro’s and Con’s of Christmas books and get a list of the BEST books I’ve read! Sound like fun? Hopefully you will find some wonderful books for yourself!

*I’d like to note that it takes me HOURS to scour the web for new Christmas Books. I’m not sure if they aren’t too popular, but finding them in general can be tricky. Amazon used to have a Holiday Page. You could choose Christmas and find the latest books. They have since changed that. Now it’s a “Christian” page. These books focus on the religious side of Christmas (absolutely nothing wrong with that, but not always what I’m looking for) and not always a lighthearted fun Christmas read. Therefore, it’s HARD! Plus, I have strict criteria. So, let’s begin with that…

Let’s start with what I like:

Normally, I am not a Contemporary/Romance fan. I like fantastic worlds and crazy plot twists. I’m not very interested in human behavior and more serious topics. I don’t enjoy predictable, sappy books. By predictable, I mean the books where you know that this person will overcome this and that person will deal with that….then they end up together. Sorry, I’m just not interested in books that focus on characters’ daily struggles or everyday life events. I like twists and turns, as I said. I like major suspense. SOOO it’s quite funny that during Christmastime…I LOVE those predictable romance books. Lol! I just love sappy endings and loveable moments during Christmastime. Now, I still want a good plot and if it’s too predictable (I’m lookin at you, Call Me Mrs. Miracle) I will still DNF it. So this list will be filled with sappy love stories, but they will still have good laughs or minor plot twists.

What I Avoid:

Christmas is a time to be cheerful and happy. I want to feel good and uplifted at Christmastime. I DON’T want to be brought down by children dying, their parents dying, or people struggling through cancer diagnoses. WHY do authors think this is acceptable??? Death during Christmastime is painful and people will forever remember that’s the Christmas their loved one died. Even if that older cancer patient taught the little boy a life lesson…good for him. I don’t want to hear about it around my happy/sappy time of year. Nope. No thanks. I’m sorry, to anyone who does find these books uplifting/enjoys them. That isn’t my preference. You will find none of those books on this list. That said, it must be a popular concept, because it’s very hard to find a Christmas book each year that doesn’t have those elements. Why would you want to cry around Christmas? The Christmas Shoes makes me bawl like a baby!! I have to change the radio station! Why?? Ok, I’m done. Taking a deep breath and moving on. Sorry about that.

As I mentioned, it’s very hard to find a book that is uplifting (not sad at all) AND doesn’t bore me to tears with predictability. So, if you agree with me or haven’t tried a Christmas book, but want to…look no further! Here we go!! (So excited!!!)

The Snow Globe by Sheila Roberts. Easily my favorite Christmas read and I will be rereading it this year! This story focuses on The Snow Globe, of course. A young woman comes into an antiques shop and discovers the globe. The man behind the counter tells a tale about a German toymaker who received the globe as a gift after a great tragedy in his life. (it won’t bring you down, because the book is not focused on this tale) It’s said that the toymaker saw the image of a beautiful woman when he looked into the globe. This woman did come into his life and mended his broken heart. The snow globe has been past down from generation to generation always ending up in the hands of someone who needs a Christmas miracle. (I paraphrased this from the summary on the jacket) Obviously, our main character needs that miracle and so the story begins! This book touched my heart and I hope it touches yours. I’m very eager for a reread. By the way, it’s only about 166 pages. So you can fly through this on a cozy Saturday!

  • The Trouble with Christmas, It Happened at Christmas, and Snowbound at Christmas by Debbie Mason. These are apart of her Christmas, Colorado series and I adore them! I bought her debut book, The Trouble with Christmas and instantly fell in love. Obviously, I can’t sum up all of the books without spoilers but I can tell you about that debut book! So, the story focuses Madison Lane. She’s this big wig in the city and is accused of botching up a deal with Christmas, Colorado. Her company is supposed to spruce up the town and create a beautiful tourist destination. The town needs the money, the company needs the deal! Now that things are all messed up, Madison is shipped off to Christmas to clean up the mess. There, she meets Sheriff Gage McBride. Now, Madison isn’t met with a warm welcome and she’s quite a character. So, things just keep happening to her…funny things. Poor Gage is stuck cleaning up the mess. OF COURSE, the ending can be predicted. You see where it’s going already, right? The charming part… the characters in this book (they are all so unique and entertaining)…and the town that just comes to life. It’s a character of its own. You want to live in Christmas, Colorado. You wanna visit its shops, befriend its residents and laugh along with Madison. It gives you the warm fuzzies, but still has elements that you DON’T see coming. They may be smallish things, but I found them enjoyable. Now, all of Debbie Mason’s books tie together. So, Madison’s friend Skylar will become the focus of It Happened at Christmas. Cat is the main character in Snowbound at Christmas. I won’t get into how she relates (it’s not a spoiler, but it’s still fun to discover as you go) but each book focuses on people you are familiar with in previous books. Make sense? She also has Summer time books. They fall in between these books. I have found that I can read these pretty well and not feel like I’m missing something. If you enjoy the first book, maybe you want to give them a go. I will be, because I notice some minor plot points that I had to guess what happened…they don’t affect the overall story, but I’m curious. This is getting long, so I’ll stop, but if you want additional detail just tweet me or DM me over on twitter @letsbookaboutit.
  • A Lakeshore Christmas by Susan Wiggs. This book is interesting to me, because I’ve tried a couple of her other books and was bored to tears. Sorry! Yet, somehow I loved this book. I may reread this one also! So, this story is about a Librarian! Yaaay!! Her name is Maureen and this is her big chance to direct the local holiday pageant. She’s going to make it PERFECT…or is she? Along comes Eddie…he’s a rock star (ohh yeahh! I’m a sucker for a bad boy, you?) The dude crashes his car into the town nativity scene!! Oops!! Now, he has to do community service and help Maureen with the pageant. Ya know that isn’t gonna go well! These two make each other crazy aaaand of course fall in love. How in the world does that happen? What does this mish mosh of a pageant look like? Read the Book!!! I really enjoyed this one. It could be the librarian/bad boy thing…either way, I highly recommend this particular book. OH, and you don’t need to read any of her other books to read this one. I don’t even know what number this is in the series.
  • A Wreath of Snow by Liz Curtis Higgs. This is a Victorian Christmas story set back in 1894. Margaret Campbell is a teacher and can’t wait to go home for Christmas, but fate has another plan. She ends up meeting Gordon Shaw and her Christmas will never be the same. If I remember correctly, she’s forced to spend Christmas with his family and the characters learn a lot about each other. I feel like Margaret grows a lot in this book and it was a very interesting read. It’s written well and easy to understand. It’s not written like a Classic, as I expected it to be. Overall, I found this one very enjoyable and touching. I plan to reread eventually.

Honorable Mentions:

I found Sheila Roberts’ Merry Ex-Mas to be a cute little story. It has multiple character perspectives (all women) and focuses on how their lives unfold right before Christmas. They are each at different stages in life and it was a fun read. There were definitely predictability issues here, but I did experience quite a few giggles.

Also, Heather Graham’s Home in Time for Christmas. I’ll be honest, I didn’t finish this book, but it was me being me. I still think it’s a pretty good story. I just had trouble with the lack of twists. If you enjoy Contemporary love stories…this will be perfect for you. It’s a story about Melody Tarleton (I really enjoyed her). She’s driving home for Christmas and a man clad in Revolutionary War clothing pops out in front of her. He’s convinced he’s a Patriot soldier. His name is Jake. So, of course Melody brings him home to meet the family. Wouldn’t you? LOL! She makes up this story to explain his…eccentricities. Now she needs to figure out, is he really a Patriot soldier? Or is he just confused…very confused? Also, is she falling for him??? Hmmm! Check it out! I may try to reread eventually. So I’ve always kept the book.

Well, this was a long one folks! Sorry about that! I hope you enjoyed it though and you’ve found at least 1 book that appealed to you! If you have any wonderful Christmas Time reads, please send me a tweet/DM/Comment down below. I’m always on the lookout! Also, please check out my instagram page for pics!! Until next time!!

Kayla Rayne Guests on The Way You Make Me Feel!

So, I’m baaaaack! This week I bring you the amazingly talented, Kayla Rayne! Come check out her channel (after you read her fabulous answers, of course). (Link Below…)

In case you haven’t read one of my TWYMMF posts yet…I send my special Guests 5 scenarios or feelings and they name books they’d recommend if they felt that way. Ready to see what Kayla Rayne has to say? Here we go!

  1. Feeling lost and seeking inspiration? This book will help you find your way… Wild by Cheryl Strayed is a go to book for me when I’m feeling uninspired. This is a memoir of a woman who felt stuck in life and needed to make some changes. Choosing her own version of therapeutic recovery, she turns to nature and hikes a large chunk of the Pacific Crest Trail. This book is not for the faint of heart, but when I need to feel inspired and get out of a rut, this book reminds me that the possibilities to making a change are endless.
  2. Life has become predictable and you need a little mystery? Turn to Kayla Rayne for help… I have the perfect one for you! A Madness So Discreet has a perfect blend of mystery and historical fiction. I’m a sucker for a historical fiction, so when I dove into this book, I was even more pleasantly surprised to find a mystery.  This book follows one of my favorite main characters as she tries to help a doctor find a murderer in exchange for her life.
  3.  Feel like you’re ready to take on the world? This book will do the trick…read We Should All Be Feminists by Chimimanda Ngozi Adichie. This essay discusses feminism and how it truly applies to us all. Just read it. It’s under fifty pages and will change everything.
  4.  Going hands free for the first time and you’re unsure what book to choose? Choose this audiobook…you should try out Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli! The narrator is amazing and adds so much to the story. I really enjoyed how this book was produced and found myself fully invested in the narration.
  5. Just came back from a big trip. Real life just doesn’t compare. Try this book to get you back to reality… I would go grab a copy of Anna and the French Kiss. This book is adorable and set in Paris! It will transport you back to all the vacation vibes you are missing. With themes of love and feeling at home, I’m sure you will feel refreshed after finishing this book.

Didn’t she have some fantastic answers? Don’t forget to check out her Booktube Channel at Kayla Rayne! She’s so brilliant and worth your time! Please stay tuned for further posts and in the meantime, check out my other fabulous Guests!! If you’d be interested in being a Guest, please let me know! My internet has been giving me trouble, so it may take me a bit to post the next TWYMMF post…but I’m always gonna come back! hehe Meanwhile, you can do my Fall Over My TBR Tag or if you’re interested in Zelda games…my Zelda Made Me Stop Reading My Book Tag! Until Next Time!!! 🙂

The Way You Make Me Feel (Part 2)

If you haven’t checked out “The Way You Make Me Feel,” please do! It will explain a little more. On this post, I will name emotions or moods that you may be feeling. I will help you by recommending a book choice for each feeling. So let’s begin!

Last post, I didn’t mention Mystery Books…feeling mysterious? Really wanna solve a puzzle? Try “A Pedigree to Die For” by Laurien Berenson. This is a cute and quirky Doggy Mystery! This is the first book in her long running series. I happened to love this book and blew through her entire series. Melanie Travis is a divorced mom and a teacher. When her uncle dies, her whole world is turned upside down. His prize poodle is MIA and suddenly she’s solving the mystery with a funny sidekick! Shockingly not a dog fan? Ok…no worries…Try “Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins. This book is being made into a movie for good reason. It’s a great mystery that pulls you in and makes you second guess yourself. There’s no “good guy” in this story!

How about the ideal book for a Gamer or Pop Culture buff? Wanna feel like you are inside a game? Look no further than “Ready Player One!” Now, I know this book is well hyped on Booktube, but I can’t resist recommending it. This book blew me away and if you haven’t read it…now you know! This book consumes you in video game culture and 80s pop references. It’s never info dumpy or boring. It’s constantly entertaining and I dare you to put this baby down…you won’t be able to!

Love the paranormal? Want something a lil eerie? Try Dean Koontz’s “Odd Thomas” series. Now, I can only really recommend the first 3 books with good conscious. After that, I thought the series (and Dean Koontz’s writing) started to slide. Those first 3 books though, absolutely glorious guys and gals. You see, Odd has the ability to see dead people (que The Sixth Sense references lol). Odd takes it one step further though. Odd can see when something BAD is about to happen. Ghosts will come to him and try to warn him about the upcoming danger. Odd has to put the pieces/clues together to figure out what will happen and how he can stop it. He’s an amazing character. He’s very likeable and the books all have a great humor to them…given the subject.

Feeling religious and haven’t read The Left Behind Series by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B Jenkins? Please read them! Even if you are…mildly religious, I think you would LOVE these books. They are about the Rapture. (Rapture- God takes all of his loyal and faithful followers up to heaven…POOF GONE AKA Everyone GOOD disappears.) Out of nowhere….people vanish! Were they driving that car??? Not anymore! SMASH! Flying that plane? Not anymore! CRASH!! Now, the remaining people have to figure out what is going on and how to stay alive. You see, God isn’t done! He’s got plagues and many other obstacles these people need to face. Only the loyal and faithful will survive. Would you change your feelings and repent? Oh, and the AntiChrist is coming to take over and screw with the new believers. He will destroy everything…the epitome of evil! Who wouldn’t wanna read these books? They are serious page turners and really make you think at the same time. Check them out!

I know these books are “technically” considered Mysteries and while that is true…I also read them for a different reason. When you are finished with a HUGE Tome of a book and you just need a light read…or you need a laugh but don’t want to read a Rom Com….maybe that new book is coming in the mail and you need to kill some time….check out Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum Series. These books are quite popular, but I still want to rec them. I like these books for the reasons listed above. The mystery is great, although I usually have a good idea WHO did it…just not HOW. In the meantime, there’s hijinks and great characters. They are quick and fun. Plus she’s still writing more to my knowledge…so you will always have one!

If you want a book that will crush you and mess with your emotions…Check out The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. I’m not sure how hyped this book was when it came out, but I can tell you that it messes with you. It’s a horrifying and tragic story about a young girl who was murdered. The unique element, you may ask? The murdered little girl is telling the story! It’s devastating and thought provoking. If you haven’t read it, it’s worth the tissues.

That’s all for this post! I’m going to be asking fellow Booktubers to make Guest Appearances on my blog for future posts! So please keep your eyes out for Michelle from MichEllisLife and Jody from ThatOneGirlWhoReads.com. If you would like to contribute, please let me know! I will send you feelings/moods/etc and you can name a book for each one! Just follow my format above! You’d like to post your answers on your blog or channel as well? Absolutely!! Let me know and we can post at the same time!!! Keep me posted 😉


TWYMMF (Guest Sarah-Jane from TheBookLife)

Hi! Welcome back to The Way You Make Me Feel!! Today’s splendid Guest is the fantastic Sarah-Jane from TheBookLife and www.thebooklife.co.uk! If you don’t know who she is, you’re missing out! (that means go click on her channel/blog when you’re done here hehe) I have given her 5 scenarios, things that you may be experiencing, and she’s given her book recommendations to help you! So, let’s get right to this….

1. Nothing can get in your way! You’re unstoppable today! Read this…

The Big Lie by Julie Mayhew. Not only is the book genuinely unlike anything you have ever read, Julie is always a supporter of little acts of rebellion – and I think we could all stand to let out our rebellious side once in a while.

2. You’ve just gotten some bad news. You feel sad and gloomy. Try picking this up…

Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella. I read this book years and years ago, but recently I was reminded by how much I loved this book. If it was a movie (I’m still holding out hope), this would be what you stick on the tv to watch with your girls, with chocolate. And wine.
3. If you’re looking for a quick book that will warm your heart, Sarah-Jane has the answer for you!

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover. She’s the kind of author I love to binge read because her books are so addictive. I read Maybe Someday in one sitting, and it gave me all the feels. It was wonderful!

4. Have you been reading a lot of slower paced books? Are you completely over it? Try this page turner on for size!

Anything Rachel Vincent. Seriously. It’s true, I’d push any of her books but last year, Menagerie was one of my most favourite reads of the entire year. It’s dark, addictive, and thought provoking all at once. Set in the world of a dark carnival full of mythical creatures, it makes you question what it means to be human. I couldn’t put it down.

5. Seeking a book with an unexpected twist? What about this book….

Hmmm. Well, the best twists are usually the ones you don’t see coming, which is why they are so difficult to recommend. With that being said, Colleen Hoover’s latest book It Ends With Us absolutely ticks this box. I’m saying no more. Except, read it.

Thanks again to the splendid Sarah-Jane!!! You can also find her answers (and so much more!) over on her blog (Link Above) so please go check it out! It’s one of my faves!

It’s been a joy and I hope she’s inspired you to do some book shopping!! As always, if you are interested in being a Guest, please send me a DM on Twitter or comment down below! Also, don’t forget to check out my previous TWYMMF posts! Until next time….