Stacy’s Favorite Books of 2019

It’s that time of year again where I give you my absolute favorite books of 2019. Hopefully, there are some new books on here that you’ll love just as much as I did.

What were your favorites of 2019?

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*Click on the book cover to read the synopsis on Goodreads*

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Books that almost made the list:

*The Fever King- Victoria Lee

*Enchant- Micalea Smeltzer

*Birthday- Meredith Russo

*Unpregnant- Jenni Hendriks

*The Chain- Adrian McKinty

 

 

stacy

Top Ten Tuesday 12/24/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This weeks topic is: Books I Hope to Find Under My Tree

(Click on the image of the book to read the synopsis on Goodreads)

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Nevernight- Jay Kristoff

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Ninth House- Leigh Bardugo- Target Edition

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The Starless Sea- Erin Morgenstern- U.K. Edition

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Normal People- Sally Rooney

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Regretting You- Colleen Hoover

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These Witches Don’t Burn- Isabel Sterling

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Scream With Me: The Enduring Legacy of The Misfits- Tom Bejgrowicz

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The Ocean at the End of the Lane- Neil Gaiman

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The Deathless Girls- Kiran Millwood Hargrave

 

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Betty Bites Back: Stories to Scare the Patriarchy- Mindy McGinnis 

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? 7/29/19

This week I’m going to read a book my friend got signed for me at BEA, a book that I requested from the Library, and a book that was purchased for me off of my Amazon wishlist.

What are you reading?

Ninth House- Leigh Bardugo

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Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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Death Wins a Goldfish: Reflections from a Grim Reapers Yearlong Sabbatical- Brian Rea

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Death never takes a day off. Until he gets a letter from the HR department insisting he use up his accrued vacation time, that is. In this humorous and heartfelt book from beloved illustrator Brian Rea, readers take a peek at Death’s journal entries as he documents his mandatory sabbatical in the world of the living. From sky diving to online dating, Death is determined to try it all! Death Wins a Goldfish is an important reminder to the overstressed, overworked, and overwhelmed that everyone—even Death—deserves a break once in a while.

If you enjoyed Brian Rea’s work in Mary Karr’s The Liars’ Club: A Memoir or in the New York Times‘ popular Modern Love column you’ll love his delightful illustrations of Death in this funny, heartfelt collection of works.

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Pretty Reckless- L.J. Shen

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They say revenge is a dish best served cold.
I’d had four years to stew on what Daria Followhill did to me, and now my heart was completely iced.
I took her first kiss.
She took the only thing I loved.
I was poor.
She was rich.
The good thing about circumstances? They can change. Fast.
Now, I’m her parents’ latest shiny project.
Her housemate. Her tormentor. The captain of the rival football team she hates so much.
Yeah, baby girl, say it—I’m your foster brother.
There’s a price to pay for ruining the only good thing in my life, and she’s about to shell out some serious tears.
Daria Followhill thinks she is THE queen. I’m about to prove to her that she’s nothing but a spoiled princess.

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Everyone loves a good old unapologetic punk.
But being a bitch? Oh, you get slammed for every snarky comment, cynical eye roll, and foot you put in your adversaries’ way.
The thing about stiletto heels is that they make a hell of a dent when you walk all over the people who try to hurt you.
In Penn Scully’s case, I pierced his heart until he bled out, then left it in a trash can on a bright summer day.
Four years ago, he asked me to save all my firsts for him.
Now he lives across the hall, and I want nothing more than to be his last everything.
His parting words when he gave me his heart were that nothing in this world is free.
Now? Now he is making me pay.

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*First Line Friday 7/19/19* Ninth House- Leigh Bardugo

43263680The mesmerizing adult debut from #1 New York Timesbestselling author Leigh Bardugo

Galaxy “Alex” Stern is the most unlikely member of Yale’s freshman class. Raised in the Los Angeles hinterlands by a hippie mom, Alex dropped out of school early and into a world of shady drug dealer boyfriends, dead-end jobs, and much, much worse. By age twenty, in fact, she is the sole survivor of a horrific, unsolved multiple homicide. Some might say she’s thrown her life away. But at her hospital bed, Alex is offered a second chance: to attend one of the world’s most elite universities on a full ride. What’s the catch, and why her?

Still searching for answers to this herself, Alex arrives in New Haven tasked by her mysterious benefactors with monitoring the activities of Yale’s secret societies. These eight windowless “tombs” are well-known to be haunts of the future rich and powerful, from high-ranking politicos to Wall Street and Hollywood’s biggest players. But their occult activities are revealed to be more sinister and more extraordinary than any paranoid imagination might conceive.

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“By the time Alex managed to get the blood out of her good wool coat, it was too warm to wear it.”

 

Top Ten Tuesday 6/18/19

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

This week’s topic is: Most Anticipated Releases of the Second Half of 2019

It was really difficult to narrow this list down to ten but I accomplished that but I feel awful that I left a lot off this list.

Which books made your list?

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Boston teen book festival September 23rd, 2017

This was my second year going and still it’s a blast. All the authors they had rivaled like yallfest for top names. Some examples are Victoria aveyard,Leigh bardugo, Susan dennard, Adam silvera and many more. But day or night starts practically at 11 Friday night leave my friends Jens house to start. The many many hours of driving. So go to philly pa to Long Island to get my friend Laura. It’s 1:15. This is point we left sorta to early as it’s middle of the night so we drive north to Boston. We end up getting near the fest at 5:30 am. Oops 🙊 my bad their. And plus we all know road trips equal edm x) I said have music prepared I’ll share their was none. So all get their sorta grumpy ish go to Starbucks and a hunt of a public bathroom 🚽. On our way we found Harvard the college so that was fun/ funny since jen and Laura were being tourist for the school I try not to be so I was playing with my first fidget spinner . Yup I did not take one photo. Finally that’s done and go to front of the Latin school 

And wait for all authors to sign in. So that’s fun since can say good morning yadda yadda. Susan dennard and Amanda foody chatted for extra 10 seconds to chat so anything like that even few seconds you’ll take. After just the waiting for all authors panel to start by 10 am. 

Fun way to kill time and learn everyone’s books. 

Up next was out of my control panel. Which I did since title sounded funny and it was Leigh bardugo, Ashley posten,jayson the guy who wrote miles morales spider man and Kerri M the one who wrote stalking Jack the Ripper. But yea the authors talked about what it was like writing in pre established worlds. With Leigh in wonder women, jayson in spider man, Ashley in Cinderella & new book is anstia, and kerri in Jack the Ripper & Dracula or vlad the impaler. And this was my fav panel and it was hilarious Ashley, leigh and jayson stole the show. And Leigh and jayson joked whose better marvel or Dc. 


Up next was the panel for multi points of view. This panel was ok in parts it was nice to know more about aveyards characters and Lisa maxwells but panel it’s self wasn’t to funny so was high on info and when only gotten 4 hours sleep by 1 your starting to feel it. Oh yea forgot to say the panelists were Victoria aveyard, Lisa maxwell, flame caster author & the timekeepers author. But over all tons of info so a fun panel. 

Last for panels I didn’t take any photo’s but it was about right about dark books. This panel was hard to grasps for me since I don’t fantasy much. But they tried to explain how to write dark aspects and how make writing better with out it going to far And decide when need to start going back to happy moments. The panelist were Amanda foody, the bone witch author, mask of shadows author which I think is Lindsay miller and traci chee author of the reader. 

After that panel day is almost over I always skip the last panel to go to author signing line so can get a head start. And boy can it get super decked out busy. I ended up doing aveyards line and should of done Leigh’s since figured both would be mobbed and of course Leigh’s did I expected, aveyard didn’t as bad. So missed on Leigh to do everyone else. I ended up doing Lisa maxwell, Amanda foody since that’s a must since aquinted friends with her how you know some authors since local. Hunting prince Dracula author and say some things about Audrey since her lust  laying on the line is killing me with her guy from the book. (As can see I’m bad with character names). Then did one of us is lieing author, traci Chee get my arc signed. Then one last long line for Susan dennard since Its her soo nice always and can just start talking from point last met up which was bookcon in june. Didn’t have a book to be signed but got a poster. Which I’ll be hanging up. Last at 5:05 they said closing shop for garages was Ashley poston which she was like i was expecting you to come up since met her a few times to gush about geekerella soooo bad. Sadly couldn’t stay long but nice chat with her. 

Before long ride home I went out to eat with Laura, jen and my friend Toronto aka Toronto or real name kellyanne. We were headIng to a place in Boston endEd up being on the road where Fenway park was. End result we went to brewery across the street to Fenway and since had to drive so couldn’t have much so instead of samples I just went for a desert beer 

And dam is this thing sooo good. Dark taste with the Choco and went down smooth as hell. I’m dieing for more!! Sadly day was done so got in was 8pm to pre pare for another 6-8 hour drive by this point I was up for 24 hours. And made it to Laura’s by 12. And just ended up crashing their thankfully and most part my trip of the fest. 

~~~JUSTIN