Favorite Books

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Before I ever started writing, I was an avid reader. I love books. I read a little of everything, but most of my favorites are in the YA genre.

I’ll post new books as I read them, and I still have a lot to add. This page is a work in progress.

If you have recommendations, be sure to let me know in the comments!

 

 

 

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It’s been weeks since I read this book, and it’s still getting me. It started out a bit slow, but it was amazing. Honestly, it’s impossible to do any sort of review without giving it all away. *Very vague spoiler ahead* The book pretty much destroyed me. I literally finished it and was staring at the wall, trying to cope. I don’t usually like books like that, but this one was just spectacular. Plus, if you know anything about the original story when you’re going into it, you know there’s pretty much one way it can end. I knew that, and it still got me. But the journey there was really great, and that’s why I’m recommending it.

Content: Clean with some fairy tale violence


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I bought this cookbook for my mom for Christmas, and I liked it so much, I ended up buying myself one on New Year’s. Since I started writing, I admit I don’t cook like I used to. I wanted a cookbook I could cook from every night. I’ve used Ree’s recipes from her website, and they’ve always been good, so I knew I’d be pretty safe. Plus, her food is full of fresh ingredients (which I love), but it’s pretty normal, so my kids and husband will eat it. So far, we’re loving it, and I love that most of the recipes make a TON. I’ve been freezing the extras for days when I don’t have time to cook.

Content: Clean. But your kitchen might get dirty. ;)


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I adore Kasie West’s writing. She’s probably my favorite YA author right now. This one’s super cute.

Content: Very clean. I don’t remember any questionable material or language.


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If you’ve been following my blog, you know I love this entire series. They get dark and a bit graphic toward the end, but I would say they’re just fine for teens.

Content: Some fantasy violence, more toward the end of the series.


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Yep, another Kasie West book. This one is my favorite Love the characters, the plot, the chemistry–everything. Great book.

Content: Clean



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Can we take a minute to admire that cover? Isn’t it gorgeous? Probably my all time favorite. The book is wonderful, too. It’s splendidly random, which I truly appreciate in my YA fantasy books.

Content: Clean with some fantasy-style violence.



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This is for those of us who had a Jane Austen phase. (Or are still in one.) I haven’t seen the movie yet, but the book was fantastic and hilarious. And you know what might be the best part? The dedication. I’m not going to spoil it. Seriously, you have to check it out.

Content: I’m afraid I don’t remember for sure, but I think it was pretty tame.


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This is a great book. I will admit, it started a little slow. But get past that first chapter, and it takes off. I’ve read a lot of mixed reviews, but I thought the whole thing was lovely.

Content: Mostly clean. There was one scene that was bordering on PG13, but it wasn’t too bad.



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This book. I can’t even. Audrey has anxiety, the crippling type. I struggled with it a bit in high school (nothing like Audrey), and it was SPOT on. And yet the story was hilarious. I don’t know why I loved it so much. But I did.

Content: Oh, man. There’s some language in this book. Some really, really bad language. I HATE that. I’ll usually stop reading a book because of it. But, for reasons I cannot fathom, the story was good enough I had to finish it.  It was good enough I’m recommending it despite the repeated appearance of that word. (There’s your disclaimer. Please don’t yell at me.)



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The first three books in this series are great. The last two feel more like a spinoff series, but they’re still enjoyable.

Content: I’ve read these several times, and I don’t remember anything questionable.



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If I was giving out awards, I would give this book one for best romantic tension. I was beside myself most of the book, screaming at the characters. Besides being YA, it’s different from what I normally read. I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets made into a movie.

Content: I’d say this one is PG13.

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