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Top Ten Tuesday – July 16th

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This week’s topic is Top Ten Authors Who Deserve More Recognition

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I was super excited to do this week’s Top Ten. I forget how lucky we are in the blogging world to get to read all the new and upcoming authors and I feel so lucky to read some of these books first and to get the word out how amazing they are! So here’s my list! Excited to see everyone else’s too – post yours in the comment if you don’t blog or give me a link – excited to maybe find some new authors I’d like to check out!

 

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So i’m trying something a little new there with the artwork thing – not totally sure it’s clear but i’ll list below too and tell you WHY they are super awesome!

1. Kasie West: I just read “The Distance Between Us” not too long ago and LOVED the book – what a perfect summer read and I thought her writing was great, excited to see new things coming from her!

2. Veronica Rossi: I loved the “Under the Never Sky” books so far and am SUPER excited to see the new book coming out next year – the ending of the second book was probably one of the best middle book endings EVER!

3. Leah Rae Miller: I read “The Summer I Became a Nerd” earlier this year and really enjoyed it. Her writing is funny and yet not corny. Hope we see something from her again too soon!

4. Emma Chase: Now this is absolutely an up and coming author! If you have’t heard me rave about “Tangled” yet — check out my review. OMG. Her writing is hilarious and down to earth and I loved the male POV throughout the story — I just could not stop laughing, but at the same time it was a great storyline and well written. You have to check her out if you have not yet!

5. J. Kenner: This is the author of the Stark series which includes “Claim Me”, “Release Me”, and “Complete Me” – and i hope a 4th book soon. These came out after the 50 shades and the Sylvia Day series but I just really liked this writing more than either of the other two to be honest – so check it out!

6. Jessica Park: WOW – that is all I can say.. She has a book coming out today actually, “Left Drowning” – a MUST read and I was lucky enough to read before hand, check out my review here and a special first chapter exerpt! She is also the author of “Flat Out Love” and “Flat Out Matt” and is maybe my favorite author right now – her writing is funny and real at the same time with characters you just want to fall in love with. Let’s just say that with all 3 books I was hooked in the first few pages!

7. Alice Clayton: She wrote “Wallbanger” and I really enjoyed this. It’s a new series I think – so we should see more here and I am looking forward to it, I liked that here you saw the male POV and the female POV at the same time.

8. Jamie McGuire: “Beautiful Disaster” and “Walking Disaster” are books I could read over and over, and have done so. Her new books are due out this fall and I absolutely cannot wait! I know she probably gets more publicity than some of the others on here, but I still think she deserves more – her writing and characters are amazing!

9. Jennifer Probst: Now this author isn’t brand new, but i still don’t think she gets all the raving she deserves. I’m reading her “Millionaire” series which the newest book “Marriage Merger” is out in August – when I read her first book I was listening on audio and I was in my mall parking lot – cannot forget this – I was laughing so hard in the car alone, I was getting strange looks. these books are romantic and hot and fun – with great characters (which will get me eveyrtime!). I also enjoy seeing the male and female POV here concurrently as the story goes on.

10. Suzanne Young: If you have not read “The Program” yet, then you may live under a rock, get out and read it NOW! I was honestly not sure about this book, it’s probably one of the first more well known titles i got an ARC for – and I could not put it down, and cannot wait for book 2. There is a teaser first chapter up now and it only shows how absolutely amazing this is going to be – check it out!

I have a few other authors I want to mention – outside of my top ten who are just as amazing I couldn’t let it go without them being included:

1. Maya Banks – She has the Rush series and I highly reccommend it

2. Jay Crownover – I’m just discovering the Market Men series with hot bad boys, and reading “Rule” right now – again liking the male and female POV but enjoying the writing too – the characters are flawed and real and great.. It’s TBD how I will like the book, but from the start I think I’d check a second book out for sure!

3. Katie Kacvinsky – She wrote “Awaken” and “Middle Ground” in the middle of this huge dystropian age we have going on and I loved her stories more than most of the others that made huge waves, so I’m trying to get her name out there – she took something everyone else was doing and made it different – she also writes contemporary romances – one of them being “Second Chance” so I would absolutely reccommend checking her out!

Well that’s all kids – for today anyway! Don’t forget that Jessica Park’s new book “Left Drowning” comes out today – check out the first chapter preview and book review on my blog and get this today – a great read!!

Kelley

 

 

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Top Ten Tuesday – Top Books of 2013!

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Happy Tuesday! This week’s Top Ten list is yout top list of 2013 so far~ now.. I have read 55 books so far this year – and while I was looking back for the life of me I couldn’t limit this to 10 books (I know, I know – but I just couldn’t!) so I have my Top 13 (unlike many people 13 is a lucky number for me..go figure!) books of 2013 – check it out! Love to hear back about yours too – post your link below or just post your list as a comment if you don’t have a blog – or feel free to comment on mine! Hope Everyone has an awesome day and here we go!

Top 13 Books of 2013 Thus Far:

Flat-Out Love (Flat-Out Love, #1)Flat-Out Matt (Flat-Out Love, #1.5)My first book (or book and a half) are these two from Jessica Park – these are also on my all time favorite list! Reccommend highly!

Left DrowningBook #2 is also by Jessica Park – I got an ARC and LOVED it! Publish date is 7/16 – check it out!

Delirium (Delirium, #1)Pandemonium (Delirium, #2)Requiem (Delirium, #3)Book #3 is Delirium (the whole series actually) – by Lauren Oliver – Amazing!! Definetly Reccommend!

Tangled (Tangled, #1)Book #4 – had to throw in something lighter and I thought this book was written so well by Emma Chase.. Romantic and Funny a must read for 2013!

Complete Me (Stark Trilogy, #3)Book #5 by J. Kenner. These series, the Stark Series is amazing and this final book releases on 7/19 – Love the characters and the romance – fun adult read!

Beautiful Disaster (Beautiful, #1)Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)Book #6 is the Beautiful series by Jamie McGuire – amazing! Disaster is the female POV and Walking Disaster is the male POV. Love how the story is told from both sides – and I loved each book equally!

Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss, #1)Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)Book #7 is the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins. I was just introduced to her writing this year – how have I missed this for so long?? She’s so great and I can’t wait for “Isla and the Happily Ever After” to come out!

The Program (The Program, #1)Book #8 is by Suzanne Young – this may be the best first book of a series I’ve read in a long time – cannot wait for book 2 now! Dark topic but written so well that it’s still a great read.

Rush (Breathless, #1)Fever (Breathless, #2)Book #9 is the Breathless series by Maya Banks — Great reading and the 3rd book comes out this fall! Great adult romance.

Pushing the Limits (Pushing the Limits, #1)Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)Book #10 is the Pushing the Limits series by Katie McGarry. New YA writer for me this year and I absolutely enjoyed both books and looking forward to the 3rd – no release date on the 3rd yet, but the first two are on the market right now – they are the perfect mix of dark and light fun – not too light but still have great humor and light, fun romance – higly reccomend!

The Elite (The Selection, #2)Book #11 – by Kiera Cass. The first book came out last year and really wowed me, so I was excited for the follow up and it did not dissappoint, the only negative here is that we have to wait an entire year (yes 1 year!) before book #3 comes out… and without doubt I absolutey cannot wait!

Under the Never Sky (Under the Never Sky, #1)Through the Ever Night (Under the Never Sky, #2)Book #12 is this series by Veronica Roth – now this book had the absolute best 2nd book ending I’ve read in awhile – and it certainly left me wanting more and excited about book #3 – don’t have an ETA on that yet, but I’m sure I’ll want to get my hands on it right away~

Awaken (Awaken, #1)Middle Ground (Awaken, #2)and last, but not least is Book #13 the Awaken series by Katie Kacvinsky – now I haven’t found a ton of people who have read this, the first book came out last year, but the second book “Middle Ground” came out March this year and I really love the writing in these books, if you are a fan of “Matched” and “Divergent” or any of the dystropian series, I would reccommend this – great reading!

So that’s all for me today folks – now I know I am way over the “top ten” technical term, and most of my “books” are series, but I’ve read so many wonderful things this year, I absolutely could not limit it down – so I hope you enjoyed! And love to hear your feedback and your top 10 for this year too!

Happy Tuesday!

Kelley

 

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Musing Mondays – June 3rd

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Happy Monday Everyone! I love musing on Mondays because it gives me a time to rant, or squeel over new books, or just talk about what I’m reading or reviewing… So here it goes for this week:

1. What books did I buy for myself this week? I kind of had a “small” binge on book buying this week.. with GOOD reason though, I promise! I got an ARC for “Complete Me” by J Kenner and then “This Girl” by Colleen Hoover – which leads to my purchase.. I got the 3rd book in the Colleen Hoover series, so I HAD to have the other 2 right, you can’t stop or start at the last one, so maybe I treated myself to them. And besides, I’ve heard nothing but amazing things about Hoover – so I’m excited to check out this series and reading 3 in a row without a wait is a dream for me, i’m so impatient but at least I can admit it.. haha

This Girl (Slammed, #3)Slammed (Slammed, #1)Point of Retreat (Slammed, #2)

I also bought “Forever You” By Sandi Lynn. I loved the first book and the second came out, and it was $3.99 – so how could I NOT get it, in fact it’s my next TBR book..

Forever You (Forever Trilogy, #2)

I got “Torn” and “Twisted” via Netgallery and then from my Pixel of Ink emails this week, i scooped up 2 books for .99 each (who could pass that bargain up?) – so I got “Ever Enough” by Stacey Borel and “Click to Subscribe” by L.M. Augustine. One thing I like to do is check this daily list from Kindle for free/sale books and if I see something I like for one dollar or less, check it out – it’s gotten me some great reads, from authors I might never have read.. so worth the look I think.

Click to SubscribeEver Enough

Now – last – what I’m reading right now, well just NOW I finished “Complete Me” by J. Kenner. The book doesn’t publish until July, so my review will have to wait (and this might kill me!), but I can tell you that I’m as in love with the series now as I was after the first book.. The third book was amazing and I am hoping we will get to see more of these characters in a fourth story too. However, since I can’t gush too much right now or even do my review, I thought I’d share a quote with you that I loved from this story and that shall be it for me tonight

Then check back tomorrow to see my Top Ten Tuesday (exciting topic this week) and for my reviews for this week. “Lola and the Boy Next Door” will be reviewed as well as one of my reread books (vintage book before I blogged) and I plan on doing one of these each week to better “round” my content, without spazzing my brian too much – great idea huh? Anyway, enough of me – check the quote below and get excited for this book coming out in July – “Complete Me” by J. Kenner – if you liked Bared to You and 50 Shades, then this is FOR YOU! So get it today!!

Complete Me (Stark Trilogy, #3)Hitting stores July 18th! Awesome end to the series, check back for my review in July!

And here’s my quote for today – from “Lola and the boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)I thought sharing a quote from here is fitting since i’m reviewing it here this week – and I loved it! So here you go….

“I know you aren’t perfect. But it’s a person’s imperfections that make them perfect for someone else.”

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“So do you believe in second chances?” I bite my lip.
“Second, third, fourth. Whatever it takes. However long it takes. If the person is right,” he adds.
“If the person is… Lola?”
This time, he holds my gaze. “Only if the other person is Cricket.”

 

Ok Everyone – that’s all for tonight! Happy Monday and if you want to chime in – tell me what you are reading, a rant you have, or anything else – you can be part of Monday Musings too! Night!

 

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Sunday Salon for June 2nd

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Hello readers! I’ve been noticably absent this week, and I have MISSED my blog and you guys! I just got a new promotion at work – and while that’s awesome (!!), I have found myself with little to no time to get my blog updated.. Now that I’m all settled in the new job and in my new desk, I’m back! I thought I would start off with a new blog post forum – I haven’t done this one before now, but I thought it would be a great way to summarize the week I had last week (because I still did manage to find time to read of course!) and to outline what i’m planning for the upcoming week!

So – right now i’m reading “Complete Me” by J. Kenner.

I got this ARC last week, and I have to admit that I squeeled like a little girl with delight.  I know it won’t be out until July – but I can’t help myself – if you have not checked out this series yet.. do it now! It’s amazing! So i’m about 70% through right now and can’t wait to post my review for everyone to check out.

This week I finished “Lola and The Boy Next Door” by Stephanie Perkins –

Lola and the Boy Next Door (Anna and the French Kiss, #2)

If you’ve read anything by Stephanie before you will know – I loved it. Should have the review up..by tomorrow or the day after next. It was great! I’m looking forward to her new book now hitting shelves in the fall.

Now… hmm.. other exciting blog things this week. Well I did get a slew of new ARC’s this week, and I bought a book or two also that came out and I can’t wait to read so here’s a list of my awesome finds for this week!

“Forever You” By Sandi Lynn (this is the second book in this great series, I highly reccommend it and I’m looking forward to reading it myself! – it’s also on Amazon right now for $3.99 – so get your copy today! http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_17?url=search-alias%3Ddigital-text&field-keywords=forever+you+sandi+lynn&sprefix=forever+you+sandi%2Caps%2C169

I don’t usually post links to buy anything, but I’ve gotten to talk with Sandi on Twitter and through my blog and I think she’s amazing – and would love everyone to at least take a sample of the book to see her great writing! If this second book is anything like the first, it will be amazing!

Forever You (Forever Trilogy, #2)

“This Girl” by Colleen Hoover *a note about this – I have to admit I haven’t read any of the other books in this series, I’ve heard great things, but I just haven’t gotten to it yet.. Sad, I know — So i did treat myself to the other 2 books in the series so I can read all 3 at one time and give a review with all books considered – so excited about this – I love sometimes getting a series late so there is no delay between books.. I can just read right on through – so watch out for these reviews soon too!

This Girl (Slammed, #3)

“Torn” and “Twisted” by K. A. Robinson

Torn (Torn, #1)Twisted (Torn, #2)

and I orderd but should get my copy of “Entwined with  you” by Sylvia Day tomorrow..

Entwined with You (Crossfire, #3)

What is out that I haven’t gotten —

The top one on my list right now is “Dare You To” by Katie Mcgarry. I read her first book and LOVED it, but got turned down for the ARC – and I was a little bummed… so guess i’ll have to get this one myself.. and I’m so backed up with ARC books, I just haven’t gotten it yet, but I can’t wait to read it.

Dare You To (Pushing the Limits, #2)

 

Quotes.. I always like to leave great quotes when I can – and this week while I was traveling for work (yes I fit in a trip to Dallas too! – I was a busy girl!) – I re-read one of my favorite books by Jessica Park – “Flat Out Matt” – sequel to “Flat Out Love” and I a quote I’d love to share — If you haven’t read that series, do it today!

“How you find love means nothing. I’ts what you do with it when y ou see it that does.”‘

Just a little something to spark your interest..

Happy Sunday Everyone – Expect me to be back to myself now – and adding more exciting content!

What is everyone else reading? Have you read anything above – and if so what did you think about it? Have you gotten any new ARC’s lately, or bought any books you’re over the moon about? I want to hear all about it! Chime in!!

Later!

Kelley

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