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The 4 Books I am Always Reading

I saw a post on Book Riot with this exact title. I was intrigued and inspired. The author of the post stated the types of books she always has at hand, and I realized there are four types of books I always have on hand as well. I decided it would be fun to share my four with you.

Original post here.

1. NetGalley e-book

I read for NetGalley. This is a site where bloggers can get access to ARC’s of books and/or read and review the books shared on the site. It is a wonderful way to find new voices, get your hands on books you love early or find a way to advance your blog and the author’s reach by having advanced reviews upon release. I am always reading one and since they come in e-book, I always have it on me.

2. Audio Book

Next is my Audible listen. Audio books are the easiest way to get my reading goals in for the year. I have come across some great voices in audio books. The performances can make a huge difference. A good delivery and a great novel, there is no better combination.

3. My TBR Clean Out

I have a TBR shelf filled with books that I have yet to read. These are the books I have been longing to read for a while. Sometimes I just randomly pick one up, sometimes I follow a list.

4. Book Club Read

I run The Gothic Novel Book Club on Goodreads. We are a very active bunch and always choose two new books each month. We love all things Gothic and read everything from the most loved Classics to genuine Horror. We tend to focus on the paranormal, but all Gothic novels are up for nomination.

Some others find their way into my reads and I can be reading as many as seven books at a time, but I always have these four at hand.

Thanks for reading!

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Posted by on September 11, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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A Full List of My Recommendations

I often have people request recommendations from me. I absolutely love giving them. This is one of my great passions in life, introducing people to their next favorite novel. I read nearly every genre out there and I try to get to know a person’s likes before giving a recommendation. So, with that in mind, I decided to create a full list of my “must-reads”.

*Note: If I am recommending the first in a series, I am recommending the entire series.

Fantasy:

Blood Song (Raven’s Shadow, #1) by Anthony Ryan

The Waking Fire (The Draconis Memoria, #1) by Anthony Ryan

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1) by Patrick Rothfuss

The Final Empire (Mistborn, #1) by Brandon Sanderson

The Way of Shadows (Night Angel, #1) by Brent Weeks

Blackwing (Ravens’ Mark #1) by Ed McDonald

Wizard’s First Rule (Sword of Truth, #1) by Terry Goodkind

The Warded Man (Demon Cycle, #1) by Peter V. Brett

The Blade Itself (The First Law, #1) by Joe Abercrombie

*Note: While this is my favorite genre, it is still fairly new to me. I have only been reading fantasy in the last few years, so I realize this list is far from complete. I will add to it as I read more.

Urban Fantasy:

Dead Witch Walking (The Hollows, #1) by Kim Harrison

Guilty Pleasures (Anita Blake, Vampire Hunter, #1) by Laurell K. Hamilton

Darkfever (Fever, #1) by Karen Marie Moning

Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1) by Jim Butcher

First Grave on the Right (Charley Davidson, #1) by Darynda Jones

Bitten (Women of the Otherworld, #1) by Kelley Armstrong

Dead Until Dark (Sookie Stackhouse, #1) by Charlaine Harris

The Scent of Shadows (Signs of the Zodiac, #1) by Vicki Pettersson

Paranormal Romance:

Fantasy Lover (Dark-Hunterverse #1) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Goddess of the Sea (Goddess Summoning, #1) by P.C. Cast

Morrigan’s Cross (Circle Trilogy, #1) by Nora Roberts

Dark Lover (Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1) by J.R. Ward

The Warlord Wants Forever (Immortals After Dark #1) by Kresley Cole

A Girl’s Guide to Vampires (Dark Ones #1) by Katie MacAlister

Young Adult:

Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer

Vampire Academy (Vampire Academy, #1) by Richelle Mead

The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn, #1) by Renee Ahdieh

Mystic (Mystic, #1) by Jason Denzel

Poison Princess (The Arcana Chronicles, #1) by Kresley Cole

Truthwitch (The Witchlands, #1) by Susan Dennard

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard

Rot & Ruin (Rot & Ruin, #1) by Jonathan Maberry

Daughter of Smoke & Bone (Daughter of Smoke & Bone, #1) by Laini Taylor

The Iron King (The Iron Fey, #1) by Julie Kagawa

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray

City of Bones (The Mortal Instruments, #1) by Cassandra Clare

My Soul to Lose (Soul Screamers, #0.5) by Rachel Vincent

Fiction:

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Firefly Lane (Firefly Lane, #1) by Kristin Hannah

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

These are the genres I read the most, below are a few from other genres that I don’t read often.

The Burning Times by Jeanne Kalogridis

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

One for the Money (Stephanie Plum, #1) by Janet Evanovich

Tin Men by Christopher Golden

Zero World by Jason M. Hough

Artemis by Andy Weir … due out in November

I could go on and on about my favorite books but these are the one’s I always recommend to people. There are others in my favorites list that I didn’t list, simply because I tend to like darker things than most. And you will see many obvious choices (i.e., Harry Potter) missing, mainly because I’m just going to assume most people have already read them.

I hope you enjoyed this list!

Happy Reading!

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2017 in Book Reviews

 

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The Restorer – Amanda Stevens

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Synopsis:

Amelia Gray, a cemetery restorer, sees ghosts. You would think for someone who spends so much time around the dead that this would be a problem. However, she has a very strict set of rules for never having to interact with them. That is until a cemetery she is restoring becomes the scene of a brutal crime, and the one sent to investigate has his own ghosts following him.

Review:

Murder mystery and horror combine to make up a bone-chilling, roller-coaster of a tale. I absolutely loved this quick and exciting read. I loved the setting, the main character, really everything.

Favorite Quotes:

“There are a lot of things in this world to be afraid of, but a dead body isn’t one of them.”
Amanda Stevens, The Restorer

“It’s hotter than a two-peckered alley cat up in here. Humidity must be close to a hundred.”
Amanda Stevens, The Restorer

“Let me enjoy my fan-wanking.
Your what?
Let me arrange the story to meet my own personal needs.”
Amanda Stevens, The Restorer

Recommendations:

The Winter People  by Jennifer McMahon

Graveminder (Graveminder, #1)  by Melissa Marr

Grave Sight (Harper Connelly, #1)  by Charlaine Harris

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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Authors I Love – Charlaine Harris

You may only know Charlaine Harris as the author of the Sookie Stackhouse/ True Blood series, but did you know she also writes mysteries? She is one of my favorite authors because she can reel you in quickly and it’s almost impossible to put the books down. Also, she is one of my main go-tos for a quick and exciting read.

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The Sookie Stackhouse Series

I fell in love with these novels from the very start and while True Blood did the first two books justice it just wasn’t the same. Sookie is a very loveable country bumpkin whose life gets turned upside down when vampires decide to come out of the closet. With the invention of a synthetic blood that sustain a vampire and “end vampire attacks forever” (True Blood) the vampires feel that they can now be a normal part of society again. For those who haven’t read the series yet I won’t include any spoilers but I will say these books get progressively better. The only snag I had during reading these was the horrible turn the show took. It turned me off to Sookie for a while but I came back (when I had forgotten the hideousness that had occurred on my TV).

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The Harper Connelly Series

These books, again, hook you from the beginning. Harper has an interesting ability. While she’s not exactly psychic, she can sense the dead. She uses this gift to track down missing persons. She can even sense just how the person was killed. In the first novel, Harper is called in to find two missing people, but when she does find them life becomes interesting. unravelling years of lies and deceit in a small town turns out bad for Harper and the books only get better.

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The Lily Bard Series

The one thing I want to say about these books is that Lily is probably one of the most likeable characters I have ever read. She is real and vulnerable, yet reserved and strong. Her past isn’t perfect and her job is lackluster but somehow she is captivating. I read this entire series in a week. I LOVED it.

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The Aurora Teagarden Series

Lucky for us, Real Murders was picked up for a made for TV movie. Sadly, I missed it. I do hope to find it on Netflix one day. I have only read Real Murders but I can say that one book was just as good as any of her other works.

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Midnight, Texas

This trilogy is on my TBR shelf and was supposed to have been purchased for me as a “Congrats on the new job” present from my hubby but he never got around to it. It may get purchased today 😉

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The Cemetery Girl

And for those of you who like graphic novels, here’s one! Co-Authored by Christopher Golden!!

I hope you give Charlaine Harris a go. She is a fantastic author!

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2015 in Book Reviews

 

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